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February 10, 2011

She still fits into that damn doll stroller

“There was a little kid, maybe three of four, walking down Main Street by herself with a doll’s stroller strapped to her butt. Every few steps she’d stop and sit down in it for a rest and then get back up and keep walking.

From the back all I could see was the stroller and two little legs. I wondered what she was thinking. I wonder what three-year-olds think. I wonder if somebody had told her she was too big for that stroller. I wonder if she felt the way I did about people who told you something that you knew was just not fuckin’ true and if she felt like screaming at them and hurting them and plunging herself into a chemically induced oblivion.

I admired this kid for keeping her cool. She just strapped herself into that doll stroller and took of walking, probably without a word. All the way down Main Street. She’ll show the whole town that no, in fact, she still fits into that damn doll stroller.”

–from Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness, which I’m reading for the first time. I quote this because last night it made me laugh until I cried.

3 thoughts on “She still fits into that damn doll stroller”

  1. Mark says:

    There’s plenty more where that came from in ACK. Toew’s is hilarious. I used to listen to her radio pieces on CBC Winnipeg when I lived there. Fantastic stuff.

    1. Kerry says:

      I’ve heard her read, and her voice is amazing. I can’t read her prose without hearing it now, which is a pleasure.

  2. Charlotte says:

    That book killed me. If they want a book that should be read in Canadian high schools to get teens reading, that’s the one.

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