In the neighbor’s kitchen on Christmas Eve, nine-year-old Kevin kept a finger through his father’s belt loop as strangers kept introducing themselves.
“Tom, is it?” they would say to the father. “So glad Jenn asked you and your boy to come over,” they would say. They would
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introduce themselves as Jenn’s brother, or one of her sisters, as Jenn’s mom or Jenn’s aunt. Kevin glanced up to see his father shaking their hands politely. The boy couldn’t keep track of all the names. He kept hold of his father’s belt.