A 1960s department route slip lists each man
The line below the men's names contains one
word ... Girls.
Not significant enough to be named as individuals,
they were grouped under one word.
I am appalled.
A 2004 call from my Mother announces Dad has
asked, "When will the girls arrive?"
Dad was referring to my sister and me, both
of us past the age of 50.
I am touched.