Serious lungs

July 24, 2013

She heard the child screaming down the street, a terrible tantrum echoing off city buildings and rising above the traffic noise. The cries rose and fell, rose and fell, and the NO NO NO NO ricocheted into her open window.

A coworker appeared in her office doorway. What is that horrible noise? he asked.

Wrath, she said. A little bit of fear. Early heartbreak.

That kid has serious lungs, he said.

She remembered a tiny hand laced with an IV, her infant’s gasp for just one more breath.

Yes, she said. Serious lungs.

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