melissa gardner

Toads

Toads 150 150 Melissa Gardner

Richmond, Virginia 1971 Endless summer begins with a Cadillac ride. In the back, on leather seats I rest my head on Grandma’s lap, watch the lights blip, blip past. Uncle…

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Eucharist

Eucharist 150 150 Melissa Gardner

Harrisville, West Virginia 1973 Sunday mornings while my mother sleeps I walk up the street to the neighbor’s house. He is a deacon, she teaches Sunday school. When we moved…

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Visit

Visit 150 150 Melissa Gardner

Lititz, Pennsylvania 1970 Grandma holds my hand as we walk down Broad Street past the Wilbur Chocolate Factory. The air is heavy with chocolate. I want to linger, stop, and…

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