Carl: So here’s the story:
I still do a mental double take every time I see her. Seventeen years I have grown up with her, and the not-so-little-anymore bump that her tummy has become is this beacon to my eyes. She is singing today, as she makes yet another, hard-boiled deviled egg—her most recent pregnancy obsession. I am outside on the patio, probably appearing somewhat stalker-ish as I unblinkingly stare at my sister prancing about in the kitchen, my mind absent; roaming in the future and past… actions, consequences, and responsibility.