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Excerpt from “Foreign Lovers”

This is an excerpt from an essay written by Diana Ostrom in Chloe Caldwell’s 12-Month Essay Collection Generator

You don’t understand, It’s these stupid boots. I once walked across the Sossusvlei salt pan and did not even break my stride.

That’s my dog’s name,

I am so cool that my body rejects this.

hugs are not the lingua franca hereso I duck and maneuver myself around him, which in the end was the right decision because it turns out he has forgotten his wooly hat on a chair.