When I first started working at this Checkers, the most eventful part of my day was Phumla’s township gossip that she shares with me as she packs other people’s groceries. It’s endearing, how she thinks I care. She’s still young and foolish enough to care about what people think, and what I think. She’s still… Read more
Although I don’t smoke, the smell of cigarettes feels familiar, like a slightly prickly hug from my grandfather. When my friends smoke around me, it feels like I’m enveloped with warmth, fluctuating somewhere between a curated, nostalgic memory of childhood, and the present moment, when I’m twenty-two, and old enough to legally smoke. My choice… Read more
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