Martha Gies, "Losing the Farm"
Here's an excerpt from "Losing the Farm" by Martha Gies:
"In summer, I spent 16-hour days on the farm, running the asparagus plant, weighing and loading strawberry flats, and coming home only to sleep. In their homes, women and girls taught me to make carne asada and laughed at my clumsy tortillas; in the strawberry fields, they pestered me to put on a broad-brimmed hat, to cover up with a long-sleeved shirt; at dances, they pulled me down into their laps, where we sat in one pastel-colored satiny heap, waiting for the men and boys to make their way across the floor."
You can read the rest of this wonderful essay in the M Review, Marylhurst University's literary magazine.
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