The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Janina Lynne is “one of that rare, possibly endangered species — a native Californian.” For the past year, she has been traveling around in a thirty-one-foot Airstream trailer. She is currently parked in Ashland, Oregon, awaiting further instructions.
Mary Ann does not see the doctor until she’s on the operating table, knees bent, her feet strapped into stirrups. . . . The doctor does not speak to her, never glances at her face. A girl, twelve or thirteen years old, stands to one side, squeezing Mary Ann’s hand. The girl’s hands are small and quite strong. Mary Ann squeezes back.