Beautiful but Unlikely

Beautiful but Unlikely

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Jean was very pragmatic, didn’t suffer fools graciously, didn’t talk much about what she did—only actions counted with her, not words, not intentions. For a religious person, she didn’t seem very spiritual or nice for that matter—not a trace of softness or compassion. She wasn’t with Medicine Nonsectarian for religious reasons she told me at one point, but because they were honest and did good work. She had a distinct distaste for sob sisters, hand-wringers, and didn’t care for me, either. Apparently I was too much of a dreamer, a flake. She took to calling me “Gidget,” which I hated, for no apparent reason other than the fact that I refused to see the world in the dreary terms she did. I had tried at first to impress her with my seriousness (See, I’m like you . . .), but soon gave that up. I was quickly set straight…

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