On the romance of feet

Illustration by Jenny Chang-Rodriguez

When I was a baby, I was caught in my mother’s ribs. That was how she explained my deformed legs to me.

“There wasn’t enough room in my belly for you,” she told me while I knelt in front of the coffee table in the crappy duplex and scribbled in my coloring book. She’d removed my braces for the afternoon so I could play unencumbered. “Your legs got squished inside me.”

My mother was a leggy blond dancer, and I fantasized about growing to look just like her. I even liked her feet, which were big enough to make shoe…

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Jen Corrigan

Jen Corrigan is a prose writer. She writes book reviews for The Coil.

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