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The Truth About Distance

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The Truth About Distance

Now, of course, Newton, when he spoke of the distance, meant the distance at a given time: he thought there could be no ambiguity about time. But we have seen that this was a mistake.

—Bertrand Russell

Her unicycle’s parked down in the basement, a dusty souvenir she stows with antiques, out-of-fashion clothes.

She hasn’t ridden since the hip replacement, except in sleep, but this will have to do.

Her doctor says, Why push your luck?

She shrugs, tallies another duck that won’t stay in its row. (It’s nothing new.)

Her tightrope rides replaced with strong black tea, she reads the Living Section twice

(Miss Manners, Abby, seem so nice when they become your only company), and there’s no looking forward since she’s grieving the three dead aunts she never met, plus kudzu, crosswords, long-term debt, and all the mail she hasn’t been receiving.

She hates to nag the postman, but insists one shouldn’t leave old business pending, convinced this time the world is ending, a claim the neighborhood psychologists present as further proof she’s full of beans,

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Tactics: A Short Lesson

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Portrait of the Artist with Paint-by-Numbers

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Bildungsroman

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Bildungsroman

We open with the girl, born premature and blundersome (asthmatic, pigeon-toes, a crooked nose)—hardly the cynosure her genes could’ve produced. God only knows what caused the mix-up, and why she won’t take her mother’s milk, or cow’s, but they agree nutrition’s crucial, and may make or break her blossoming. They call her Peony, and Kid, and though mostly a tragic spaz

(they blame this on an inner ear disorder), she sees, in common junk, a raw pizzazz that’s worth preserving and, an avid hoarder, builds shoebox reliquaries: dead bugs, pet pebbles and shells, goose feathers, bits of string, the last matryoshka stolen from a set, some origami swans. That sort of thing.

Yet formal education marks the start of something larger. Driven by a motor, the doctors say. She says, I will be smart, an astronaut or princess, so they quote her in the monthly bulletin, adding, Dream big! which resonates, a crucial turnabout: for so long powered by the whirligig of solitude, she seeks the world without.

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VIII. “The monkeys make sorrowful noises overhead”

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