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Sterling if she would bring Liam with her. She hung her head, didn’t answer. “It’s OK,” Kate said. “I’ll keep him here. Have fun.” She had to choose her battles. Kate knew her daughter cared about Liam, and hoped it was just a matter of time before she would open up to him more. Bonnie coughed. “I’d like to call this meeting to order. The time is 6:57 p.m.” Copies of the minutes from last month’s meeting were passed around. Bonnie made a motion to have them approved. “All in favor?” “Aye.” “Abstentions?” “Aye!” Liam shouted. Everyone looked at him and then at Kate. They were still staring at her, especially Bonnie’s group. Kate pictured herself pouring the vat of hot coffee over Bonnie’s head, the coffee scalding her fair skin to a raw pink that caused it to fall off in big folds. “Okey-dokey.” Kate patted Liam’s shoulder. Once it was quiet, Bonnie introduced her sister-inlaw Cheryl, who was the PTA treasurer. Cheryl’s daughter Jessica was in Sterling’s class. The one time Kate had spoken with Cheryl, Cheryl had proceeded to list all of the things she could do. “I knit, embroider, and quilt, fix toilets, as well as calligraphy, scrapbooking …” She listed


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