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Shift

By Ann Kathryn Kelly

A breeze swept off the water and into the car’s window as we crossed the Tobin Bridge toward home.

The air smelled of changing leaves and whispered of impending autumn, promising relief from the stretch of late August heat that had spiked into the 90s over several days. I’d said no to air conditioning when my brother asked. Better to have the window down, to feel the air on my skin as I thought about the day’s questions that didn’t have answers.

A song from Dave Matthews Band was playing on the radio: “Funny the Way It Is.” Sean and I weren’t talking as lyrics filled the space around us, painting an idyllic scene of someone basking in the beauty of a summer day, watching children at play. How the moment is shattered as a fire truck tears past on its way to a blaze. The shift from someone’s serene moment to someone else’s unfolding chaos.

I lifted my hand to shade my eyes from the sun beating through the windshield. I'd forgotten my sunglasses that morning in our rush to get to our appointment.

 

     

About the Author

Ann Kathryn Kelly is writing a memoir about living with a bleeding brain tumor that went undiagnosed for forty years and the day-long surgery to remove it. She lives in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, works in the technology industry, and volunteers with a nonprofit that serves community members living with brain injury. Connect with Ann on Twitter: @annkkelly.

 

 

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