Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Halina Duraj teaches creative writing at the University of San Diego in California. She lives in a San Diego neighborhood inhabited by a flock of semiwild parrots and people who write “Remember that you are sacred!” on the sidewalk in purple chalk.
Basia watches her granddaughter, Lalka. No matter what else she does — digs in the garden, pulls weeds in the greenhouse, peels the potatoes — always she watches her granddaughter, who has a reddish-purple birthmark over her neck and jaw and part of her cheek. Her husband, Zbigniew, watches Lalka too.