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Toil, Hamar, Trouble

The West Yet Glimmers

The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:
Now spurs the lated traveler apace
To gain the timely inn;
—Macbeth III.iii

I was born and raised in Seattle—well, Ballard to be specific. My parents were Swedish immigrants. My father worked on the docks and on the fishing trawlers from the time they arrived until he retired. My mother was an education activist in the Swedish community, establishing a kindergarten program and teaching until she was forced out at 70 years old. That had been last year, and she wasn’t taking it that well. It’s a cruel twist of fate when a couple work all their lives toward their goal of retiring and traveling together and then something like a heart attack in the middle of the night a year after retirement dashes the dreams to pieces. Mom had been alone for nine years now.…

Chapter 14 in two parts is now posted at For Toil and Trouble. Dag gets some information about his own parents’ past that inspires him to ask Andi about hers. Read and comment!

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