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Clippings
by Alice O'Brien
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The manicured street holds itself proud with boasting gardens, composed lawns. The sun is still rising into midday when Susan calls her neighbor with an emergency request for babysitting. Patience agrees to care for the girl quickly, knowing the past year of Susan’s life has been a cruel string of custody battles to sever the first husband, chemotherapy treatments to save the second.   

An hour later, Patience settles her son and his impromptu play date onto the linoleum floor of the salon, surrounding them with enough wooden blocks and juice boxes to keep the two busy for an hour. Without prompt, the hairdresser relates the details of her two-year struggle to receive a baby from Ethiopia, how the adoption laws have recently changed, how her empty womb aches for the child, a yellow room waiting optimistically.                           

The boy looks to his mother, his fourth and final after three years in foster care. He smiles the biggest smile his face will fit as he watches black hair coil and float downward like gathering butterflies, pooling at the base of her chair.    


Alice O'Brien traveled to 35 countries before settling in a coastal Maine village. She holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a Master’s in Linguistics. Alice is polishing ROOTS AT RIVER FARM and TWO SIDES TO EVERY GIRL, middle grade fiction and Upper YA novels respectively. http://aliceo.squarespace.com/
   
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