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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Family Affair

When Paul, Lee and Ben were growing up their dad sold pocket knives at the county fair. They spent their summers digging half-eaten elephant ears out of the trash and making fun of 4H kids for "loving" their sheep. Paul grew up much faster than his brother and sister. He left the fairgrounds for fashion design. Lee excelled at team sports and went on to captain her community college softball team. Ben never abandoned his thievery. He made friends with guys who borrowed things off the back of trucks and ships. He opened up a shoe store. Eventually his brother and sister joined him after their post-secondary exploits ended in expulsion. Paul for plagiarism. Lee for fist fighting. They're far from the county fair circuit, but only in geographical terms.

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