The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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This is a memory from Joelle when she was little. At the time there was no cellphone, so Josephine was very worried. Joelle could still remember how upset Josephine was after the incident, so she offered to try on her dresses to joke with her. And for any occasion, Josephine had always worn a dress. And the picture was something Joelle had always carried with her. It marked the time when she graduated from nursing school and both of her grandmothers came saw it. And Josephine was the right who was very feminine from the way she dressed- a pink dress and matching earrings and collar pin. Most of all, she placed her hands on Joelle's arms to show her support and love for her.

Josephine was wearing a light pink house dress, biting at her pink nails, and pacing across the kitchen.

Her hand wrapped tightly to the wall phone.

“Ahhhhh, calling the house is no use!” She almost smashed the phone to the tile floor.

“They should be here an hour ago! Oh no, noooo, that can’t be!”

She was frozen by the horrible thought of a car accident.

*Knock, knock*

Immediately, she felt a ball of fire shot up to her spine and followed by a cold sweat.

There was only a door that separated her from the truth. Her hands were shaking so bad that she had to turn the doorknob multiple times before realizing it was locked. It did open some time.

She was met with Joelle’s tiny face and a tight hug!

“Oh dear, my darling!” She bent down to kiss her on the cheeks.

“Sorry, Grandma! We were....” Right behind Joelle was Eleanor who did not take the key from the car and mouthed “I’m sorry.”

She gave her a slight nod. Everything was unimportant as long as Joelle was safe.

Joelle quickly waved goodbye to her mom and dragged Grandma through the door to change.

“Grandma hurry, hurry! I want grilled cheese sandwich with pickles, before it’s too late!” She was jumping recklessly.

“I will make you one! The best in the world!” Josephine smiled. Her granddaughter deserved all the love from her.

“Extra pickles pleaseeeeeee!”  Her hands were behind her back, smiling. And her mouth was already watery at the thought of melted cheese and the abundance of pickles.

“Now, stay out of trouble and don’t come near the kitchen!”

“Ok!” “Hmm, I’ll try on your dresses then!” Joelle giggled.

Josephine laughed and remarked, “only one! Besides, it will be huge for you.”

She just continued to giggle.

As long as you are happy, nothing matters more.

One Friday

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Around 1964
Grandma's House

This is a memory from Joelle when she was little. At the time there was no cellphone, so Josephine was very worried. Joelle could still remember how upset Josephine was after the incident, so she offered to try on her dresses to joke with her. And for any occasion, Josephine had always worn a dress. And the picture was something Joelle had always carried with her. It marked the time when she graduated from nursing school and both of her grandmothers came saw it. And Josephine was the right who was very feminine from the way she dressed- a pink dress and matching earrings and collar pin. Most of all, she placed her hands on Joelle's arms to show her support and love for her.

Decade: 1960s
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Recorded by Wing Shin Wu on April 29, 2019
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