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we drink orange juice from champagne flutes
I'm not sure why-
probably it's because my parents got a set of them for a wedding present
but as long as I can remember there's never been so much
as cooking sherry in our house.
we drink orange juice from champagne flutes
and chocolate milk from wine goblets
and the ashtray shaped like a pair of hands
on the living room bookcase
is merely decorative.
my brother put a candle on it once,
but the wax melted down over the edge and splattered
on the collection of Louisa May Alcott novels.
I think that's the only candle we've ever actually lit.
We have a hundred matchbooks
and a hundred candles (gifts, tied with metallic ribbon)
but nothing ever gets lit.

27 January 2003