Diane Gottlieb writes open-hearted stories about people in pain who choose to grow.

All Ablaze – About Place Journal: Geographies of Justice

Did it hurt? I ask David and Crystal, three and two, who were three and two twenty-four years ago and will be three and two forever.

“Eiman Ejelat, 31, the mother of the two dead children, David, 3, and Crystal, 2, said she had had no disagreements with Ms. Valcarel, who rented the ground-floor apartment until she was evicted about a month ago,” said the New York Times, Feb 24, 1996.

The two little ones, such little ones, don’t answer my question, but their laughter bubbles, crisp, cool water in a clear mountain brook. We play hide and seek, David, Crystal and I, when they sneak into my thoughts.

“Mrs. Ejelat escaped the blaze, as did her oldest son Essa, 4.”

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