10. COLLAPSING BOUNDARIES

My visit to Cairo was ended abruptly by a telephone call that I received at about five o’clock one morning. When I picked up the telephone, I heard my sister Joanie, who told me that she was over at my other sister’s house and that she was calling to give me some terrible news: my nephew David had been killed in an automobile accident just a few hours earlier. She said that the whole family was gathered at Claire and Bob’s house, and they were sitting around the telephone as they called me. I couldn’t believe my ears, and I had a flashback to the time, just seven years earlier, when Joanie had called me with the same news about the death of her own son Mike. I was devastated, and I asked Joanie if I could talk to Claire. ...

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