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The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo
Anna Davison Keller wanted to be the oldest person in the world. She felt she was due this distinction due to the particular care she’d taken with the vessel God had given her. In her morning prayers, she made a show, in case God himself was watching, of getting out of bed and onto her knees. She spoke to God in his language - asking for a length of days to be added to the one hundred and twelve she’d already lived and pleading for health in her navel and marrow in her bones. She didn’t say outright that God ought to strike dead that jo-fired man in China who was keeping her from the title, but after all these years, surely, God knew her heart.
In 2006, summer over-stayed its welcome - giving the entire Sacramento valley the look of wildflowers sat too long in a vase. Dawn was still an hour away and, although it was early November, the air that morning was warm and stale. Anna dressed in the dark, while her terrier, Bobo, nipped ay her heels - urging her to the door. Rising before the sun gave her privacy enough to be pleasant with her daughtewr and grand daughter, who shared the tidy house with Anna. People often mistook them for sisters. Rubbish, Anna always thought, but that was the young for you - to anyone under thirty everyone over sixty looked the same age.
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