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Monthly Writing Contest

September 2005 Winner: Carol Gandolfo, The Shadow
Honorable Mention: Paul Halewijn, All Fall Down
Honorable Mention: Dr. Joyce Wheeler, Shadow Sibling
View the 2005 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions. View the contest rules.

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October Honorable Mention
Shadow Sibling
by Dr. Joyce Wheeler

     Mom insisted that, when a toddler, I chatted and giggled with an imaginary playmate. Apparently, I created an exclusive babble language and Mom had never been able to crack its code except for my word for her, which was “Ooom-ma-moom.” Mother was wrong. My playmate was not imaginary and continues to remain nearby.
     Family movies reveal me running toward the ocean with two shadows sliding across the sands. Filming of my ballet class shows a shadow pirouetting toward the wall and sliding up it. While walking tops of the white fencing, her shadow skips below me on the flat of the fence and shadows simply don’t behave in that fashion.
     I recall walking to elementary school crunching leaves and hearing missed leaves crunching behind me. I avoided looking so I wouldn’t step on a crack and break my dear mother’s back.
     Later I was possessed on my honeymoon bed and we sounded like a profane creature in heat. I channeled her while she scratched my husband’s back until it was bloody. He had been astonished yet seemed ominously gratified.
     Therefore, it was not too revelatory for me when my mother admitted I had been born a twin but my sibling had not “made it.” Mom said my twin had a tail, as did I, but my cartilage extension had been quietly snipped off. The doctor said he did that for one out of every ten infants – but mom never did tell my evangelist paternal grandmother about that!


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