“Where’s my textbooks? I have a test today.” Jamie screeched over his sister’s singing while grabbing her left earpiece.
“Wherever you left them, dumbo!” she shot back at a volume meant to compensate for the music in her head; playing so loud that we were all subjected to listen despite her headphones.
“Hey watch your mouth, Jeannie – – Babe, have you seen my bloody keys, I am going to be late!”
God damn it, every day is like groundhog day she thought as she responded on autopilot, “Check your coat, hun.”
When they were all finally gone she lit the spliff she’d rolled the night before and in the new quiet, pull in the same deep smoke filled breath she drew in every morning.
Holding her breath in as a euphoric wave of calm floods into her limbs; finally the world was in harmony with her.