The Envy Monster Bites

L.T. Garvin

Why go back to the 1980s when you can revisit the 1970s?  I wrote this character sketch on my cousin when I was about fifteen-years-old.  She had visited us and spent the summer on our farm when I was around nine or ten and evidently made a lasting impression on me.  I wrote a bit more about her in Dancing with the Sandman, which is a highly fictionalized account of growing up in the 1960s.  The excerpt below is pretty much an unedited version of my incredibly young self, I let most of the grammar and punctuation stand as it was.

One of the most fascinating people I ever met was my cousin, Hank, the All American California Girl who sometimes lived in Arizona. Actually she lived in Arizona most the time. And Hank was her nickname. To tell you the truth I never did like her. I guess…

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