Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Jane Braswell is the pseudonym of an author in the Pacific Northwest who divides her time among parenting, writing, and volunteerism. She is currently at work on a collection of essays.
When I walk into my backyard, I hear my neighbor in her garden and smell the smoke from her cigarette. I stay close to my house, where I’m hidden from view by the overgrown laurel hedge. I was intending to weed my own garden, near the low wire fence where our dogs poke their noses at each other and over which my neighbor and I used to talk about flowers. But I don’t want to risk exposing myself.