I like spending time with you now, mommy. Thank you for my workbooks. She was the cousin who begged her mom for money and spent it on workbooks. Toys in plastic shopping bags, hung up in rows in the closet. I don’t remember ever playing with toys in the room, but remember the floor covered in toys and looking up at the bags that I couldn’t reach. If your mother chased you around with multiplication tables and taped them up on bathroom doors, you will appreciate this act many years later. She resented her grandson for a while for hurting her daughter during childbirth. Third degree tearing is equivalent to a cesarean section. One hundred and thirty million girls are cut and sewn up. The great big puzzle of the great big world has oceans that look like blue pepto bismol. Africa is nearly double the size of South America, but on maps they almost look the same size. Someone always says, they used to fit into each other, you know. End of world blockbusters always show the two continents splitting in epic fast forward.