Safe Keeping

Safe Keeping
Photo by Mark Barkaway (copied from Flickr)

Photo by Mark Barkaway (copied from Flickr)

If they would let me, I would go back in time, wrap my brother up in swaddling and place him in a basket to float him down the Nile for protection—not protection from Ramses but from his own choices. I would become the red blood cells forming his heart in utero. I would boss around the other cells, telling them to patch up that hole they’d carelessly left there. The one that would later weaken his already tired heart. Or I’d organize and get a union going. Those cells would feel protected and listened to and they’d do a better job.

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Theresa works as a freelance writer in New York City and has written scripts for Tina Fey and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, only one of whom remarked, “This girl is funny. She has been a Ledig House International Fellow and a Helene Wurlitzer grantee. She has been a resident at Hedgebrook, MacDowell, UCROSS, Millay and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

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