Landscaping

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Larry, 1957-

“Oh, I did that?! Look how beautiful it is!”

I did landscaping for twenty years, back home. I liked it. Because there are no doors, the best things grow on trees and plants. Look, he raises his hand as though showing something in the distance. ‘Oh, I did that?! Look how beautiful it is!’ Or trim a rose garden in bloom, doing and looking at it, knowing that I did that!

I lost my eyesight and it kept me from going, now I’ve been recycling, he points at his cart, filled with empty bottles.



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My Late Wife

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Larry, 1957-

“She came in to protect me, ‘Whatever you do to him, you gotta do the same to me!’”

My biggest joy? My late wife, before she died, the time we had together. I think of her, she was my biggest joy in life. My best friend. She died of Cirrhosis of the liver about ten years ago. She died on me, and I am alone again.

I could talk to her about anything, we weren’t just husband and wife. A memory that sticks out to me, my family wanted to hurt me real bad, and she came in to protect me, ‘Whatever you do to him, you gotta do the same to me!’ She’d say. We left and lived inside a fine house. Even though we had nothing, we had a good time together, we’d talk and laugh. In the end, things got good for us. I stopped drinking, we got a house, accumulated stuff, and then she died.

When my life gets good, something happens to it that terrorizes me.


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