Mary Robison


“I meet up with Hollis on my sun porch. He’s got Gray’s Anatomy opened on his lap and his arm is up as he examines the parts of his wrist and right hand.

“Were you always like this?” I ask him.

‘Always,’ he nods. ‘What’ve you got there? he asks me.

“Oh, a parting gift […]”

He squints and says, ‘You’ve got to budget your time on a thing like that. When hours become days? Now it’s kind of a tangle, isn’t it? The girl might hurt herself. Were you always –‘

‘From day one,’ I say.”

Why Did I Ever (2001)

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