The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Amy Bonnaffons teaches writing at New York University, and her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Daily News. She plays several instruments badly: oboe, guitar, ukulele, and doumbek (hand drum). She also sang for several years in a group called Slavic Love Telegram. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Before Cat and I became a couple, before we even knew each other, we were a team: knocking on strangers’ doors to bring them Barack Obama’s tidings of hope. Everyone in Brooklyn was already voting for him anyway, so they just cheered us on and thanked us for our service. There was a precoital vibe, a tingling anticipation of victory.