Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Janice Deal’s stories have appeared in Ontario Review, the Carolina Quarterly, and StoryQuarterly, and she is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award for prose. She lives in Downers Grove, Illinois, where she watches zombie movies with her husband and makes dioramas with her daughter.
When we arrived in Florida, my in-laws found us at the baggage claim, and it seemed at first that the visit could be a success. They were touchingly nervous, and they’d dressed carefully: Floyd in pressed khakis and Dolores in a coral dress. Her dyed hair escaped from her scarf, and when she leaned close, I could see the fabric was patterned with parrots. She likes birds, I thought. Something to talk about later.