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There Are 323 Million American Dreamers. This Is One of Them.

The shades and shadows of the people in my life rassled their way their way into my slumber.

I dreamed that Gale and Evelle had decided to return to prison. Probably that’s just as well. I don’t mean to sound superior, and they’re a swell couple of guys, but maybe they weren’t ready yet to come out into the world.

And then I dreamed on, into the future, to a Christmas morn in the Arizona home where Nathan Junior was opening a present from a kindly couple who preferred to remain unknown. I saw Glen a few years later, still having no luck getting the cops to listen to his wild tales about me and Ed. Maybe he threw in one Polack joke too many. I don’t know.

And still I dreamed on, further into the future than I had ever dreamed before, watching Nathan Junior’s progress from afar, taking pride in his accomplishments as if he were our own. Wondering if he ever thought of us and hoping that maybe we’d broadened his horizons a little even if he couldn’t remember just how they got broadened.

But still I hadn’t dreamt nothing about me and Ed until the end. And this was cloudier cause it was years, years away. But I saw an old couple being visited by their children, and all their grandchildren too. The old couple weren’t screwed up. And neither were their kids or their grandkids.

And I don’t know. You tell me. This whole dream, was it wishful thinking? Was I just fleeing reality like I know I’m liable to do?

But me and Ed, we can be good too. And it seemed real. It seemed like us and it seemed like, well, our home. If not Arizona, then a land not too far away. Where all parents are strong and wise and capable and all children are happy and beloved. I don’t know. Maybe it was Utah.— Raising Arizona

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  • Roy Lofquist February 1, 2018, 1:18 PM

    “There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.”
    Otto von Bismarck


  • Casey Klahn February 1, 2018, 1:44 PM

    Amen and amen, Roy.
    Otto von Bismark! I saw a meme last week that said, “Che may have a t-shirt, but Otto von Bismark’s got a beer stein!”
    Say what you like (it’s America, after all!), but America is the best idea of mankind since the Reformation, and maybe ever.

  • Teri Pittman February 2, 2018, 11:09 AM

    Oregon state representative Jeff Merkley send out an email to his constituents, critiquing the State of the Union address. He said that Trump wasn’t doing enough for Americans because he wasn’t doing any thing for the Dreamers. They are quite mad. They do not understand that these people are not citizens and that they were elected to represent the actual citizens of this country.

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