Life Was Like…

The year she graduated, her yearbook entry, like many others, said, “Future: Homemaker.” Not an ambitious choice by today’s standards, she knows. Not an impossible one, she thought at the time. Life was like a trip to the Piggly Wiggly, she assumed in those days. You went in with a vague idea of what you wanted, followed the arrows up and down the aisles, and emerged, like everyone else, with a full cart.

–Lisa Koger, “The Retirement Party,” (1990) from In the Stacks

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