When she moved away, her mother wanted to know whether her new local grocery store carried certain exotic foods unique to her hometown — like peanut butter.

And whenever there was anything resembling tragedy or bad weather anywhere in the tri-state region in which she lived, her mother insisted the family call to make sure she hasn’t been killed or maimed, even though the thing happened in a different state entirely.

And now that she was a blank spot in her mother’s mind, peanut butter stopped randomly arriving in the mail and no one called to tell her about all the terrible things that occurred around her about which she was otherwise blissfully ignorant. And that was actually quite fine with her. It turned out she knew where to buy peanut butter and how to read the news.


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