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The fat girl as they call her, came to school with a hypodermic needle in her backpack. It may have been to defend herself, it may have been to instigate something. She comes from a broken home and this is her second or third school. E steers clear of her, and the bullies she tangles with. It was never understood  - how things began, who threw the first insult, the first punch, the first grabbed book but the end is a chronic cycle of violence. At one point, the girl's mother got the police involved and this was seen as offensive, a step too far. The police did not resolve anything so it was all just a lot of saber rattling. That is the most common sound here. The empty threat.

Last week, there was a sobrani, sort of a cross between a parent-teacher conference and a school meeting. I was busy, so E went by herself and took notes. Five minutes in she messaged me, that I was wise not to be there. Nothing about this girl was going to be resolved.
"Boys will be boys" was all …

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding - a peaceful song

The Year of the Horse ends without warning, with messy streets and quiet nights. E tells me we should do a Christmas duet but the song is never picked. Instead, one we find one that we can make our own - a song that is more urgent than sleigh bells and innocence. A song worth singing.




Happy New Year, and thanks for reading.







Comments

gina said…
Marco and Eva,

I can't put into words how much I love you both. You mad my holiday so much brighter with your gorgeous song! THANK YOU!! xoxo
janzi said…
What a smashing way to the end of the year... that song with your gorgeous little daughter made my evening, thank you so much for sharing..I hope that you and she will have a super happy New Year together and many more of them** Janzi in england
David said…
Love the picture!! E is growing up! Cant get the video at this low class hotel (Holiday Inn Roxboro NC). I got better internet in Russia. Oh well I will definitely get it when I get home! You guys look great!

Dave

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