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  • Once Again
    The waitress came with our order, burgers, shakes -chocolate- and fries. We ate them like teens do, with great appetite.
    We were at the restaurant near the highway and it felt like a long way from anywhere or to anywhere and that is a feeling that teens are at home in. The land and the road were long and flat. That was how life felt most of the time then.
    “Where you from?” she asked us.
    “St. Louis,” we said.
    “Y’all passing through?”
    “We were at the Park, swimming in the river.”
    “What part did you swim in?”
    “Where the gravel beach is, it’s like a pool there.”
    “I thought so,” she said. “You want to stay away from the sides where the brush builds up.”
    We had seen that. In the spring the waters rose and the river carried trees along until the water level fell and dead branches lay stacked along the side of the diminished river.
    We had gone into the water from the beach where it was flat and shallow and the sun was bright and the air was warm and the day could not have been any more perfect.
    “One man dove in and come out covered in snakes,” the waitress said. “You don’t want to be swimming there.”
    I did go back to the park once again. It was the next spring and I went to see the hills all covered with daffodils near rows of Norwegian Pines.
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