That summer we were at the Doctor's office a lot

My mom said we had to go

about an hour a week

In kid time,  about seven hundred hours  


There was no TV

just bad music 

uncomfortable chairs

old people magazines 


I had a Word Game book

so I did some crossword puzzles, then 

When I got really bored

I would try Reader's digest


That summer,  when we left the office

we asked our mom how she was doing 

I'm fine,  she said 



It was years before we figured out what that meant 









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