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The Finger... by Susan Redding


Foreward:


Please understand that I have a narrator in my head. I hear it at night, but often can't write as fast as he talks. This story will appear in my first novel, once I write it. The events are sketchy, but the finger is real.


What do you do when someone gives you the finger?


I think about this finger often. It's haunted me since the very first time. I was little and I needed a band aid. I was at my grandmother's house in the mountains. I wasn't little little, more like eight or nine. About the age when you discover you've been left out of a secret and you feel betrayed. But back to the medicine cabinet.


I had fallen (I think) on the coarse concrete steps of my grand- mother's house. I went in to my mom request- ing a band aid. I fol- lowed her to the kitchen where the medicine cabinet, complete with mirror, was mounted to the wall. I don't really know why it wasn't in the bathroom, but there was one in there, too. I, compulsively nosy, peered in under her arm to quickly examine the contents. There it was-a finger. A real (live? lived?) finger. In a jar.


Southern Prose


Photo by Geri Dagys


I remember not processing it that moment, perhaps still at the age where if you see one, you assume that everyone has a finger in a clear liquid in a jar the size of a large baby food jar in their medicine cabinet. On the three hour ride home, I inquired.


I knew my grandfather was missing parts of two fingers: one from a dynamite explosion (building the roadways in the mountains) and one from a circular saw accident. For some reason, I just could-


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