Paper TeethBook - 2016
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“I ate too much; I think I’m going to be sick,” Tom says. Every time, Tom eats too much and says he’s going to be sick as they’re walking back to the car, single file. Tom never gets sick, at least never after dim sum on Communion Sundays. [Note: The potential to learn from their personal childhood experiences gets completely overrun by Tom’s incessant post-dim sum lament, his gastro-version of _The Boy Who Cried Wolf_. And thus, when they have their own children, Tom and his sisters will find out the messy way that, unlike Tom after eating too much dim sum, their children, like the vast majority of kids who say they’re going to be sick, are uncannily prophetic.]
What I don’t get is when you are a grown-up and can finally do whatever you want, how do you end up doing so much boring stuff all day long? That won’t be me, ever.
Fairy, Ng Fei-lan in Chinese, “Fairy,” a given name a bureaucrat literally gave her, Fairy was what rubbed the Immigration Officer’s whimsy and the tip of his pen, as Fei-lan presented her papers in Victoria, B.C.
The Incident involved boys at recess running behind, then hooking their hands onto the chrome back bumpers of cars passing in the school zone and seeing how long they could ice ski on the worn treads of their winter boots (prairie winter’s equivalent of waterskiing) behind the cars on the icy roads.
She’s seen his family photo albums. Everything is outdoors. Hiking, canoeing, diving off a floating dock. A photo of everyone standing around a firepit in winter, holding wooden snowshoes. Rows of white teeth and Kool-Aid smiles. Everyone wears red plaid, even the dog.
An asthmatic, and the only one in the family, when Tom is an old man and Mumma even older, she will draw a straight line between Tom’s inhaler and Dad, the smoker, picking up Tom and carrying him everywhere when he was a baby, which Dad did not do with the girls.
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