DEPART / ARRIVE (OHIA) II

She used to keep the blue masking tape used for sealing up the jars of peanut butter and tubes of toothpaste to mail you in the old oak chest in the kitchen full of stationery, tape, Post-its, paperclips, legal pads, padded envelopes, and folders neatly organized with bills and receipts and emergency information, the combination of wood and paper and glue emitting a uniquely sharp yet peaceful perfume, but now she keeps it in the beech cabinet, which has stacks of cookbooks and cloth napkins and dinner party accumulation, in the back of a drawer under some recipes in order to hide it from him, as he was taking it down the basement without bringing it back.

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