The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Valerie Schultz is an essayist and fiction writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Mothering, and Commonweal. She lives in Tehachapi, California.
Always before it had been of no consequence: someone else’s intensive care. It had meant nothing to her in her normal life that, all day and all night, through waxing and waning moons and in every season, a child balanced on the eggshell edge of life, and someone else simply waited.