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Old Habits by Brittany Bennett

In by New Author on October 29, 2010 at 10:43 am

The young nun in the grocery store never leaves without reading the greeting cards. She meanders down the aisle, her cart filled with oranges, bagels, a tub of butter, a small carton of milk, before pausing for ten minutes, raising card after card to her eyes. We watch her, the bagboy and me, while we lean against the checkout counter, the fluorescent lights washing over us.

“Oh, she’s lonely,” the bagboy says, “that’s obvious enough.”

Sometimes, he says, as she examines a Garfield one, you have to own your loneliness. Sometimes, he says, you have to own your own self-neglect.

 

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