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The Dream Boat, Part 7

  Visitation weekend. The first one since “The Love Field Incident.” Penny was having her first Girl Scout camp-out. I was having interrupted sleep and cold sweats, staring down the barrel of two and a half days of “just us … Continue reading

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The Dream Boat, Part 6

What Happened: The Incident at Love Field by Bernard Shumard Kraus At the urging of my therapist, because I do not feel safe communicating to my father at all now, as he is rarely on my side now, I am writing down … Continue reading

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The Dream Boat, Part 5

Derridelle Kraus, the boy’s own grandmother, she tried to warn me. God bless Shu’s mom in her navy and white Brooks Brothers pantsuits and her cocktails-at-four – she tried to warn me about Bernard, but I was determined not to … Continue reading

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The Dream Boat, Part 4

“Queen Vashti, ” Shu said in a voice every bit as soft as the feel of his fingers tracing my lips. He said this to me that first morning, and practically every morning afterward for as long as we were … Continue reading

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The Dream Boat, Part 3

“Omgod.” Shu murmured, his eyes half-open. He plopped a dollop of garlic butter on a chunk of faux French bread – his second – and crammed the whole thing in his mouth.  Dinner was warming in the oven. I do … Continue reading

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The Dream Boat, Part 2

Other than becoming an unplanned mom at an age when smart women should know better, there is a plenty lot of my life that I am proud of. I pretty much raised myself after Mother died, and I did an … Continue reading

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The Dream Boat, Part 1

Part 1 of a new story-in-progress… “Hyperemesis gravida.” says Dr. Prettyman. He is speaking to me in French. I like this. The doctor then explains that this is my diagnosis, not a French endearment. “Hyper, meaning greater than normal,” Dr. … Continue reading

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