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27 desire The slim, suntanned legs of the woman in front of me in the checkout line fill me with yearning to provide her with health insurance and a sporty little car with personalized plates. The way her dark hair falls to her narrow waist makes me ache to pay for a washer-dryer combo and yearly ski trips to Aspen, not to mention her weekly visits to the spa and nail salon. And the delicate rise of her breasts under her thin blouse kindles my desire to buy her a blue minivan with a car seat and soon another car seat, and eventually piano lessons and braces for two teenage girls who will hate me. Finally, her full, pouting lips make me long to take out a second mortgage in order to send both kids to college at first- or second-tier institutions, then cover their wedding expenses and help out financially with the grandchildren as generously as possible before I die and leave them everything. But now the cashier rings her up and she walks out of my life forever, leaving me alone with my beer and toilet paper and frozen pizzas. ...


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