family of four, completewith pets, dolls and tea sets. Our imagination
was as wild as a toddler’s first candy land dream.
One day, my friend slipped at the top of the playground. One of
her feet got stuck on the top rung of the ladder and she fell off. Her
pigtails flew up into the air and fluttered like flames in the wind. Her
eyes widened in surprise and fear and her mouth opened to scream
moments before she crashed into the ground. The crack more than
signified the coming of weeks of pain, inconvenience and worry.
She was whisked off to hospital almost immediately. I never saw
her again. She suddenly moved out of the country, for reasons
unknown to me. I have forgotten the look of her face and the sound
of her voice, but I will always remember her changing eyes, her little
chuckle and the faint whiff of artificial peaches.