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Cyril Childs

Pantry Shelf

Pottery shops were a weakness of yours. When we came upon one your eyes would lock on it. You'd glance at me with the words, sometimes unspoken: "Do we have time?--Yes, let's have a look." Usually, not looking for anything in particular--just the delight of seeing, touching and holding useful things crafted with care. When you just had to buy, we went for coffee mugs--you can never have too many! And so we had a shelf of them in our pantry--most were 'yours' and a few were 'mine.'

six weeks after--
her coffee mugs
at the back of the shelf


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