Rosie Collins was the only girl in school who was allowed to wear New Balance sneakers to class. Most of us were supposed to wear saddle shoes, or the tacky Keds-brand dress shoes, but Rosie was allowed to wear New Balance sneakers because she had an extra bone in her foot, or something like that. Rosie, however, hated them. She hated their whiteness. One day she brought a brand-new toothbrush to school, unwrapped it at snack time, and plunged it into the fresh mud behind a bush in the courtyard.
This story is dedicated to two readers. They don't know each other So, I wrote them one. This is for Gordie, and Lily Foreword This story was written as the direct result of a remembrance, told to me by a woman who wrote to me about another of my stories.