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Winter Haven

By T. Greenwood

TGreenwoodPic#1During Christmas vacation

in Florida, when I was ten,

I made friends with a girl

who lived across the street

from my grandparents’

condominium. Her name

was S., I think, and

she and I roller skated

in the parking lot. We listened

to “Rapper’s Delight” at her house

where her mother slept

on the couch all day.

Her mother’s boyfriend came

and went. S. was afraid

of him. We roller skated

across two lanes of traffic

to buy cigarettes

for him. And boys

smelling of citrus and liquor

whistled as we did.


Not that long ago, I found

the school photo she gave me

to help me remember her.

She was a pretty girl.

I worry about her now, even

though she, like me, is probably



- T. Greenwood is the author of eight novels, including the recently released Bodies of Water (September 2013). She grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where most of her novels are set. She now lives in San Diego with her husband, Patrick, and their two daughters, where she teaches creative writing and takes pictures. For more info, visit her website and blog

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Sara January 31, 2014, 7:16 pm

    I loved this.

    • Miranda Beverly-Whittemore February 3, 2014, 10:54 am

      Really lovely and sad, right? I love the turn at the end.

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