100 days 100 short stories:: story twelve

story: Some of the Lies I Tell My Children  

author: Ruth Joffre

year: 2016

where: kitchen table, black tea and Christmas cake, sleeves still wet from cleaning dishes

note: a sleepy Saturday of reading, writing, and walking

a line: “Michael must know I’m pregnant by now—even baby Jean, just one and a half, has noted a slight paunch in my stomach and reached out with her palm, saying pat pat pat, as if giving this fetus a name.”

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