Human Parts
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Human Parts

I ought to get up and just beat you

It’s not funny. It never was.

A smiling yellow emoji balloon on the ground during the daytime
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I grew up hearing my mom consistently called stupid. Fat. Ugly. Everything she ever did was criticized. “I ought to get up and just beat you,” was repeated to both of us, regularly. And we were expected to laugh. And we did. We laughed.

We laughed because this was as good as it got. This meant he was in a good mood. When he…




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Elizabeth Joyce

Elizabeth Joyce

Essayist • Poet • Author

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