February 12, 2007
Two pairs of shoes sprawl on the porch, caked with mud. Two boys shoot marbles on the ground. Each child can hold up a pair of dusty hands and make a mask on two porcelain cheeks. A newly-engaged couple plays with two dogs in the dewy grass. The two lovers have rolled up their pants over their knobby knees to chase the dogs without tripping over themselves. An old woman, no longer of two, carries out two trays – one with pink lemonade and one with sugar cookies. They all gather on the porch, a family of more than only two.