By Katherine Fischer
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I check the calendar on the wall above the bar at the Dive In. Still not April. I linger with my compatriots, hoping to soak up enough of these river people before having to return up the bluffs. “There’s a fella up near Prairie Du Chien who’ll raise a house up as much as five feet. Heard he’s real reasonable,” Jack offers to comfort Wanda who is still recuperating from last spring’s flood. In addition to making payments on a new furnace, she faces replacing nearly the entire first floor. “Don’t know Fischer bk p i-xiv 1-208 20 8/3/06 10:45 AM Page 20 Dreaming the Mississippi that I can afford it even if it is reasonable,” Wanda manages to smile at him.
As much as I try not to be a snob, there are class and education level differences too great not to trip over at every turn. In time, I’ve had to face my own middle-class manners, how they border on the duplicitous at times and can’t hold a candle to the deep and caring loyalty people have for one another at river joints. If your boat gets loose, let the people at the Gill know, and they’ll abandon their Millers to grab lines and hop in the flatboat to rescue your runabout. If you’ve lost your dog, call over to Doug and Carol’s, and they’ll ask every patron who enters through the door if they’ve seen the beagle.
I spoke slowly, Fischer bk p i-xiv 1-208 8/3/06 10:45 AM Page 19 Fever 19 rhythmically, attempting to calibrate his pattern of breathing. ” But those breaths of labor and delivery—unlike my father’s—were waiting for, not waiting out. As painful as that waiting out is, however, it prepares us, softens the blow somehow. When my sister-in-law’s plane pierced the Pentagon that September morning, we were not granted the benefit of waiting out. One day, as a biotech researcher, Dora Menchaca was at a Washington Senate hearing testifying on behalf of drugs to cure prostate cancer, and the next day she was dead.