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Be grateful that you can read, it’s a really big deal

Three generations of Yemeni women nestled between books that my late grandma, Mama Sayida, had wished she could read. Her photo reminds me to be thankful for the magic-like ability to read. Every time I flip a page I feel her presence. Every time I turn a new page I am grateful. Sometimes I imagine… Continue reading Be grateful that you can read, it’s a really big deal

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Guilt and a pack of straws

I saw this writing prompt earlier today on Twitter.  I closed my eyes to be able to really think about this question.  The first thing that popped up in my mind was the following memory. I was nine. My older cousin dared me to steal a pack of straws. At checkout, I leaned over and… Continue reading Guilt and a pack of straws