PENNY & WILLIAM

Penny has two different color eyes. Brown and green. Everyone thinks it’s cool. Penny thinks: If you’re in a circus maybe. Penny is 24 and seeing a retired man who’s 52 named William – not Bill. He teaches her about life and has never brought up the subject of her eyes, but gets lost in them. Penny doesn’t want to be normal around William, and she isn’t. William believes she is “exceptional rhapsody.” When he picks her up where she teaches preschoolers, he asks, “What’d you learn today?” One day she said, “One sick child begets another sick child.” On a better day, she said, “Life is a finger painting: utter color.” Sometimes a child will ask if her eyes hurt, and she’ll say, “No. God was finger painting and ran out of green.”

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