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A Rainbow Flag, Freshly Laundered

September 4, 2012
By vagabond_age BRONZE, Alameda, California
vagabond_age BRONZE, Alameda, California
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Favorite Quote:
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”
― David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life


I watch my mother's delicate hands smooth the folds in my new rainbow flag as she unleashes a whisper of silky steam and presses down with the iron. She drapes it over the chair by the window, next to my dad's work shirts, taking care not to let it touch the ground.

And my eyes and lips turn skyward in praise, for I am blessed.


The author's comments:
I bought a rainbow flag at Pride and I was nervous about bringing it home, but when my mom offered to iron it for me before I hung it up it made me realize how truly lucky I am.

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