After my mother leaves the second time,
we hire a maid who is also a cook.
My father comes home late from the office
so we never eat together.
I simply watch him eat
and ask my usual questions:

When's she coming back? I ask.

She's sick, he says, she's in the hospital, I've already told you that.

Is she really sick? I ask.

Yes, he replies.

Why is she sick? I ask.

She's very angry, he says, continuously angry, angry at you and me, at everyone.
When a person is that angry they begin to poison themselves. Sometimes they have an ulcer.

An ulcer?
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