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TBD Submission: Charmaine

~Be sure to check out Charmaine’s last submission. to hear more of her story.~

“Both of these entries acknowledge cousins that have grown several years past the toddlers I last knew into children unfamiliar. It is summer and I see both of them—one in July, one August—for the first time in years. I find myself returned to past summers, of my own childhood, of only a few years ago yet.”

July 31, 2016

“Cousin in July talks about his brothers almost as if I do not know them, and I deny his asking if I want to see their Snapchat stories. How do you explain to a ten year old that some things are better left in memory?”

Charmaine's entry July 31, 2016
Listen to Charmaine read her entry July 31, 2016
August 28, 2016

“Cousin in August does not want to leave. I want to tell her that she doesn’t have to, but the car is nearing home, our windows down to the last of summer, and in the quiet we both know Ohio is too long away from here.”

Charmaine's entry August 28, 2016
Listen to Charmaine read her entry. August 28, 2016

~thank you, Charmaine~

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