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Author Archive: "Adrianne Harun"


When I was nine, my mother acquired a charm bracelet with five charms, one for each of her children: one resonant symbol that supposedly summed up the character and passion of each of us. I can't remember them all. A charm for one brother might have been a dog. We did not have a dog, but he desperately wanted one. Another brother was represented by a cross. Supposedly, he thought of being a priest one day. My sister's charm may have been ballet shoes. At four, she spent most of her time twirling around the house, knocking gracefully into the furniture. My charm was a silver grand piano, a symbol so wrong that I felt diminished and tragically misunderstood every time I saw it.

Every Friday after school, my mother dropped me off at her aunt and uncle's brick house, where I had a lesson with my mother's cousin, a young man who taught me gently, patiently, for a full hour before fleeing into the night to his real job, playing piano in a riverside nightclub. My lesson with Johnny was followed by supper alone with his elderly parents. In ...

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