Teach your daughters to be intimidating in a pretty dress
Mom teaches her daughter by sewing with a needle and thread.
Mom teaches his little daughter to sew clothes for the doll.
You shared a house, but you were hardly there at all. It made sense for us to live together, to get married.
In a church in Manchester, near where your mother lived. I was training to be a teacher by then, so we didn’t have much money, but it was still lovely.
You would sit for hours, surrounded by books, just reading and taking notes, sipping from cups of coffee or whatever. I never dreamed you would ever be interested in me. It sounded messy, a ring caked in soap, and fraught with the possibility that I might not have used the bar, or found the ring, for weeks.
A cute woman with her daughter sews a dress for a doll.
You were so apologetic, even though it hardly mattered anyway, and we mopped up the coffee and then I insisted on buying you another.
But then one day I happened to be sitting next to you in the library, and you accidentally knocked your cup over and your coffee went all over my books.
Expensive soap, the kind you really liked, and I took off the cellophane wrapper and I pressed an engagement ring into the soap, and then I wrapped it back up and gave it to you.
Tell me how it happened.’ ‘We were totally in love,’ he said. So, one Valentine’s Day, I bought you a bar of soap.
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I realized that, despite the confusion, I felt safe there, with this man. He looked at me, the expression on his face one of pain.