The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Marilyn Abildskov is the author of the memoir The Men in My Country. Her work has appeared in Southern Humanities Review, The Pinch, AGNI, and Santa Monica Review. She teaches in the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College of California.
He stood on the threshold, holding an apple in both hands and smiling. I was thirty-eight years old. It had been a good while since anyone had stood at my door like that. And now here he was: a messy blond-haired man who looked as if he hadn’t slept; a neighbor; a man offering an apple to me.