El­iz­a­beth Scan­lon

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Fam­ily Drama

Life imitates Art and says nanny boo boo. Art imitates Life and says I’m not touch­ing you. Art and Life get as close to each other as pos­si­ble, try­ing to bother each other as much as pos­si­ble with­out break­ing the rules be­fore you snap: I will turn this car around and there will be no screen time for ei­ther one of you. Art in­tim­i­dates Life; Life cries a lit­tle. Art tells Life to stop be­ing such a baby. Life pouts but still wants dessert. Art and Life have to share a room and will be best friends when they’re very old and no one else re­mem­bers things the way they do.

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