It was 1953. My father was sitting in his underwear at the kitchen table, as he was wont to do in the mornings. White t-shirt, white boxers, he sat enthroned wearing the working man's at-home uniform.
Both my older sisters were in on the fun. They guided me to his chair and pushed me forward. My father asked me "How old are you today?" and I held up two fingers in front of my face. I held them up like a premonition, for they were displayed like a peace sign, like bunny ears. It wasn't the last time I made that sign for either meaning. However, it was the last time I told my father I was two years old. He laughed and told me I was a good girl.
I knew I was loved.
|This flowering bromeliad reminds me of belonging to a family|