Issue 5.1 – Nonfiction

Issue 5 - Nonfiction

An elastic band breaks, and in quick succession another and another and then another,stinging my fingers with their snapping, and I’m amazed to find my eyes are wet, not from the pain of the stinging, but from the pain of remembrance, that these elastics, these bits of dried and desiccated rubber have lived neglected for so many years, aged to dust within the womb of my mother’s desk.

How can a handful of rubber bands personify an inheritance of shoulds and musts and sacrificing to do the right thing above all else; a legacy of overcrowded drawers and manila files,  the sole remnants of a reality endured; a birthright of keeping the personal hidden yet secretively-neat nonetheless, like the necessity of wearing clean underwear—what if you’re hit by a bus? These corroded fragments (catalysts for the fodder of a woman’s one and only life) embrace bundles of long-paid bills…

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About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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