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2011-07-11 - 10:06 p.m.

mike's birthday at the shore

my brother caught me around the waist and tossed me into the surf. seabirds were plunge-diving all around us, and overhead, the moon was rising. he was the baby once, but now he's bigger than i am, smart and responsible and so sure of himself.

we had hot donuts and cold milk. we saw a pygmy rattlesnake sunning itself on the sandy path. i pulled a long sliver from the soft pad of melissa's foot, and we spent too much time playing frisbee and foxtail in the sun.

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reading: how to read a north carolina beach. it was a gift from my dad.
listening to: a hot flat wind.
working on: making breakfast.
in the garden: little green anoles are hiding in the butterfly bushes.

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