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  • (On Spotify, play "Ptaca" by Brontosauri, as accompaniment.)

    I was going through my photo library this morning and found a gazillion photos of Yuma and her X (boyfriend) from a day trip to Chicago last fall. For some reason, all the photos are very small -- they would make good fingernail decorations. I recognize Jesse but in none of the pictures does Yuma look like herself. I know, I know, some of that is in my eyes, and some of it is in the strange things she does to her face when someone points a camera at her, wanting to look like Brittany Spears before she got into drugs and bad boyfriends. Aside from that, there's the boyfriend, who was part of our family for many months. She wouldn't want to be seen with him right now, I'll leave it at that.

    So I found a picture of her in which she is recognizable. So what it is from 10 years ago, when she was six. Doesn't that count as dad's prerogative? The thing is, Yuma really does look like herself, the way she still looks, in this picture. Taken in a restaurant in Olomouc, CZ, where we were living for a time. She is eating česnekova, garlic soup, or maybe some goulašova, and that's a glass of her favorite multivitominova on the left. The empty glass of beer must be mine. I'm going to suggest that she do her hair this way again, get a little bit more of the waif thing going, instead of the Rita Hayworth hair she's featuring these days.
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