Upsetting
Saturday, May 31, 2003
 
There are about 14 million shoeless children in my neighborhood and about seven parents. And it’s obvious which children have vigiliant and purposeful parents: They are the ones with socks and shoes and clean shorts who giggle idly as the children without watchful parents splash in the permanent sewage lake formed where the alley bisects the boulevard. These little children laugh and cavort in the greasy black water, their diapers and t-shirts turned an almost-unrecognizable gray. They are the human brethren of the oiled birds of Alaska, circa Exxon Valdez.
 
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