PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson
Ada, Bonnie, Christy, Donna, Eileen, Francina, and Ginette grew up together in St. Ignace. Their mothers stayed home and made pasties. Their fathers worked as woodsmen, railroad men, and on the ships of Lake Michigan. They married young and followed their parents’ footsteps. They canned food in autumn, made quilts together, and talked soaps over coffee. Their kids cut teeth together.
Husbands die. Kids move away. Since 1985 they’ve flown together to Florida through winter, staying in the same beachside condo. Not this winter. Their bones ache with cold. They are alone but for Zoom.
By March, there are six.
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