Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Susan Davis is producer of The State of Things, a news, arts, and culture program that airs on the public-radio station in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is also the author of the poetry collection Gathering Sound (Fairweather Books).
One day my mother was at the hairdresser’s, sitting under the dryer with an array of tinfoil antennae in her hair and a magazine open in her lap, when she noticed that the woman under the next dryer was staring at her. The woman whispered tentatively, “Are you Mrs. Davis?”