Andrew J. Lederer's BRAND NEW LIFE

Had another chance to embrace life Sunday. A 12-year-old girl not my own was being hauled by her mother to a hillside in Pennsylvania where she would go snowtubing. I was enlisted to provide Ma with adult company.

I went because, in the life-embracing spirit I’ve espoused, a trip through the wilds of another state seemed like, you know … a thing. I didn’t intend to actually snowtube, just hang with Mama, ’cause my clothes, in yet another show of insufficiency, were not up to the elements. But the youngster was happy I wasn’t joining as she was afraid I’d embarrass her, so I decided to do it.

Fuck her.

Scary looking down that long slope just before being set free. I had just tripped and nearly fallen getting on the moving sidewalk to get up top, the only adult to be so physically inept.

Sat in the tube and…

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