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Query: Are the store's twenty-something assistants female?

(No, I'm not inferring anything in particular about teenage boys; nope, not me.)

Tom W.

As sometimes happens, I started a comment and it turned into a post:

Kathleen Maher

Teenage indolence suggests a kind of family happiness to me. Any time I spent with parents during those years, I spent cleaning or baking or raking or weeding or folding laundry. The busyness kept me safe from criticism. I didn't need to look them in the face and they didn't need to look in mine.

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