Tiff Hollands Comments
Two Handed was inspired by an experience in high school. I graduated a year early by taking my junior and senior years simultaneously. That meant eating with the seniors, most of whom I didnt know. At lunch, I sat with a group who played cards every day. I purposely tried not to pay attention to how the game was played to see if I would pick it up by osmosis. This story was inspired by that experience.
Percale and Cracker Jack were inspired by my recent stroke. Percale concerns the stroke itself and the memory loss afterwards. It wasnt until almost a month after my stroke that I realized my favorite sheet was missing. As for Cracker Jack, I just assumed my daughter would love the snack as I didbut then I grew up before Happy Meals. She did, however, like the prize which folded and unfolded to reveal the faces and partial faces of presidents. This prize was very much like my vision immediately after the stroke and inspired me to write the piece.
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