"In the 1940’s she danced on TV with my father. "
"She wanted to be a movie star and maybe he could make that happen."
“Now, point at the giant cactus..."
"My parents enjoyed trailer park living because it offered all the comforts of a suburban home with all the conveniences of the city, plus cool breezes."
"A reporter doing a story on trailer park life came and took pictures of them."
"My mother stopped dancing after my father died. A deep empty pit formed inside her. "
The earliest picture I could find.
"My father took hundreds of pictures of me..."
"He let me scribble on a piece of paper with red and green markers..."
"In New York my mother asks a pair of teenage girls with long straight hair and braces to watch me."
"The ones that remain are blurry."
"After my father dies, fewer photographs are taken of me."
"...she tells me that it is very, very important that I be good in front of my uncle."
I sleep on a slippery vinyl couch facing their bed.
"My best friend, Diane..."