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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Sam Ruddick’s stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Threepenny Review, and Prairie Fire, and his work won an O. Henry Award in 2012. He lives in Auburn, Alabama.
He would have said, sometimes it’s not about the truth. Sometimes it’s about kindness. Especially when it comes to family.