Spring 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 2 Fiction |

Myra

Dear Editor: My next door neighbor wants to name her baby Myra. I think she is making a big mistake. I would like to hear from other Myras to see if they dislike their names as much as I do.               Myra Ritter                111 Union Ave.                555-7313   Myra waited three weeks for the newspaper to print her letter, but when it finally appeared she couldn't read it, she could only push the page away and walk in nervous circles around her kitchen. She felt brave and foolish, too big and too small. It was a rainy May morning that smelled of new grass and earthworms, the sort of day she used to like to walk in, but now she didn't want to leave her telephone. The calls began at noon. "Hello, is this Myra?" The voice was thin and tight but eager to please. "My name is Myra Box-Smith and I love my name. You should love yours too." "Tell me why," Myra said, sitti

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