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They would celebrate her.

WAITING FOR THE SIGN BY MAZI KAZEMI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 86


What she really wanted was an alternate universe where mom and dad congratulated her and told her how great she would do in this next chapter in her life, in college. They would celebrate her. 

I woke up to four missed calls from Zed. Before I could throw off the covers the phone rang again. “He’s not picking up, Felipé.” “It’s still early,” I said. “It’s Mother’s Day,” Zed said.

MOTHER’S DAY BY STEPHEN KAHN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 86

 I wanted to nurture the plants.

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My mother had a balcony of aloe, cape jasmines, and Chinese asparagus. I killed all of them except the aloe but with good intentions. I wanted to nurture the plants. 


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 86

WAITING FOR THE SIGN BY MAZI KAZEMI, THOSE PEOPLE! BY WEIYU DU, BECALMED AND HAPPY BY OVE HAXTHAUSEN, MOTHER’S DAY BY STEPHEN KAHN, HONEST WORDS BY ROBIN JEFFREY, ANXIETY BY ALEXANDER BROWN, QUARANTINE AND THE TEN GOLDEN TRUTHS BY KENNETH D STEPHENS.

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