I moved into Baltimore last August. I wanted to learn to be a good neighbor, I wanted to become a real Baltimorean. I went to the Safeway, planning on switching from shopping at Trader Joe's.
I asked the cashier how she was doing. 'I'm sick.'
'I hope you get to feeling better soon.
'In about nine months.'
As I entered the Safeway tonight, for cereal and duct tape, I saw her walking home with a big, red box of Huggies.