Tara’s World: An Adolescent Exchange

Tara: “Do you still get weirded out by me?”

Me: “No.  Never.”

Tara: “Yes, you do.  Tell the truth.  You’re just saying that because you’re my mom.”

Me: Silence.

Tara: “Well, you’ve gotten annoyed by me, right?”

Me: More silence.  And then: “I love you, Tara.”

Tara: “Why, thank you!  You know, I get weirded out.  Like, by the prospect of spoons.  And bowls.  I mean, how did they come to be?  Why do they have the shape they have?”

Me: Silence (after all, it’s still just the morning).

Tara: “Well, mom, don’t get weirded out.  This is just me being ‘philosifical.'”


About HomenDunRoamin

Teaching Artist & Writer: fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Recently completed work: a hybrid memoir. In progress: a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country on the brink of war. The book examines violent and nonviolent resistance and the choices women are forced to make to survive.
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