glances at the spoon her mother holds towards her, a spot of lime
Jell-o at the tip. She sees herself upside down, a long drawn-out
face, a wall of books behind her.
Her mother shakes the spoon. The Jell-o moves in response, little
reverberations spreading out like an accusation. Cara opens her
mouth. A baby bird.
too thin," she says after swallowing.
can still see, Mom." She sighs. "You know what I just
mother dabs at Cara's face with a napkin. "What's that?"
see the world through reflection."
morning, I watched trees in your windshield. I saw a cloud
mother brightens. "It's good to see nature."
see emotion reflected in the eyes of people. Fear. Helplessness.
see it too," her mother whispers.
in store mirrors, I see you. Always behind me. My constant companion,
putting your life on hold."
glad to do it, Cara." Her mother had been a successful trial
lawyer, all suits and pearls and perfectly coiffed hair. Now...
do you see when you look in the mirror?"
mother laughs. "Wrinkles. Grey hair."
you wish Dad were here to help?" Cara's father had filed for
divorce three days after the accident. Occasionally he would visit,
sitting stiffly upon his easy chair, a guest in his own home.
Finally, Cara'd told him not to come back.
easier without your father moping about, always asking why."
never know why," Cara says, echoing the words of the quiet
minister who'd tucked himself into the corner of the hospital room
that first day.
life just gives you this stuff," her mother says. "And
you just have to get through it, one damn day at a time."
imagines nodding, but of course she cannot. "Dad pays you to
take care of me."
mother dips the spoon into the Jell-o and lifts it to Cara's mouth.
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