Precious Memories
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“Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.”

– Saul Bellow, American writer, winner of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize for Literature


The dust came in through the metal floor boards of the old truck – through a rusted hole the size of a silver dollar. It danced in the air, mingling with the cigarette smoke Father exhaled from the corner of his mouth. I moved the toe of my sneaker across the hole and watched the grey dancer drift silently, effortlessly to the floor.

I looked up and out of the windshield; it was like standing in front of an open oven. The heat poured through the fractured glass, washed over me – consumed me.

A half-filled jug of water bumped against my ankle. I reached for it, re...

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