I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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William Luvaas teaches writing at the University of California at San Diego. His new novel, Going Under (Putnam), comes out in November. He lives in San Marcos, California.
I knew well enough that, without drastic cause, mothers like mine do not entrust their adolescent sons to aunts like Louise. Surely, Mother would have kept me among her own people if there had been any.