Not that she wants us to think she's asking for something. I found other family, other people to save. As the years passed in New York, I ate bagels and knishes, loved pastrami and semi-sour kosher pickles, and constructed phantom memories of a childhood home with side-locked men wearing broad-rimmed fur hats and hunched Jewish grandmothers slowly pushing small shopping carts to and from the local grocery store. What scared me was not the sight of my mother wielding a spoon like a weapon, she'd done that before. You had to know which was which because you couldn't tell by looking at them and if you weren't careful you could get yourself cornered.
Naming is serious business. And damn you, Billy, for telling her to do it. A hop really, a one-hour flight. Cain made his mind up about the whole matter quick and without consulting me and all the sudden he pulled his shirt off over his head right there beside the highway, right in front of God and everybody, slid down into the culvert, and draped it over that cat.