I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Lawrence Rudner taught English and journalism at North Carolina State University and is the author of the novel The Magic We Do Here (Houghton Mifflin). He died in May 1995.
“My name is Alexandr Davidowich Berman,” he wrote in the space above Lenin’s vest. “My mother’s name was Sophie. She knew Hebrew and gave me my first needle; we made a suit for a doll.