The Angle

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"While mom washed my hair in the sink, she would tell me stories. When the shampoo dripped into my eyes, her words distracted me from the sting. Staring at the scenes in the Scandinavian plates over the basin, I would let my mind wander through the houses; the woman making cheese with her daughter, and the farmer hard at work with a hay fork and wagon. Mom always gave every story a Scandinavian twist, and each plot was set in Denmark. That's just how it was. It didn't occur to me that every story wasn't Danish until I was much older. Hans Christian Anderson had the last word - that's all there was to it."

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