I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Craig Planting lives with his wife and children in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where his house looks out on former vice president Hubert Humphrey’s grave. Another version of his story in this issue received an honorable mention in the 2007 Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest.
I wanted to ask how many Pall Malls he was smoking a day. Had he finally switched to filters? Instead I took a shaky breath and said, “I’m gay. I’ve always been gay. My boyfriend’s name is Steven, and we’ve been together for five years. I know you think being gay is a choice, but it isn’t. It isn’t a choice at all.”