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In the Mazda with my mother, I drive us to Home-Depot—
we are going to buy plaster to fix the uneven sidewalk in front of our house,
Not only is it an eyesore, she explains, but also a liability.
I teach her about the Wilson Cycle, told her the Himalayas
were once an ocean. Everything that is now something was once
My mom is less interested in this than I am. She has seen more
shrinking oceans than I have, perhaps this phenomenon
loses strength over time.
I took a semester of Earth and Ocean Sciences, I know
the sidewalk is evidence of the eventual earthquake.
The fault underneath us will give way any day now. Mom emailed me
an article a day about our upcoming Armageddon until I told her I was losing sleep.
BY OLIVIA SCARLET HOFFMAN
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