Some Thoughts on Watering Cars and Edging Children by Ann Morrill

There is a thin layer of dirt on my car--not a detail that four years ago I would have noticed. But today I have to work hard to not think about it, to resist taking a hose and getting it off. It isn't my child, after all, with a layer of dirt and germs on his hands and face that could spread to his mouth that could spread to his classmates. This thing is inorganic, a 1999 Ford Taurus, a car that gets our family to places too far to walk. A vehicle that generally occupies few of my brain cells, until today, when that thin layer sneaks into my consciousness.

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