in The Sun

April 2013

“BASIA WATCHES her granddaughter, Lalka. No matter what else she does — digs in the garden, pulls weeds in the greenhouse, peels the potatoes — always she watches her granddaughter, who has a reddish-purple birthmark over her neck and jaw and part of her cheek. Her husband, Zbigniew, watches Lalka too. Basia sees how he narrows his eyes at the birthmark, and she can’t stop thinking about the time he called their granddaughter by the name of their dead daughter — who drowned in the stream years before Lalka’s mother was born.

“Blueberries!” Zbigniew calls. “We should take the girl to pick blueberries.” -link