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And speaking of sisterhood (I was, you know), I’d like to reach back to my childhood to thank the mighty Mellstrom sisters—Joyce, Carla, Marilyn and Debbie—who taught me about the power of women early on, and the Eggerts—Judy, Candy and Becky—whose Toni perms I coveted and whose Friday night breaded-shrimp dinners were exotic to a Lutheran girl. Thanks to Darcy Allison for all those hours we spent drawing and writing stories. Also thanks to my mother, Ollie, and her band of sisters—Gola, Amy, Vellie, and Orpha—and to the memory of Gladys, Viola, and Beata—wonderful aunts all.
At the moment she was on a diet that called for entirely too many grapefruits and boiled eggs, and until she saw progress on a scale, she would admire those few things, such as her wrists and fingers, that were in no need of size reduction. Thinking about her stupid diet, her good, lazy-cat mood faded—why was Paul so adamant that she lose twenty pounds anyway? “It’ll help you feel better about yourself,” her husband had said the other day, handing her the diet paperback he’d bought on his lunch break downtown.
They were her neighbors, the two women she’d watched earlier that day and two others Faith saw at various times leaving or entering their homes. ” said the statuesque dark-haired woman from the unkempt colonial. “Not really, I—” “Sorry about your window,” said the slight woman Faith had mistaken for the eleven-year-old baby-sitter. ” “I’m surprised you didn’t break it,” said the older woman, turning to Faith. ” The tall brunette scooped up some snow and began packing it into a ball. ” “I was vacuuming,” said the fourth woman, whose face was so lovely Faith nearly gasped when she saw it.