Searching the Obvious

Dixil Rodríguez

is a university professor and volunteer hospital chaplain living in Texas.


I enter a small auditorium inside the Christian school and academy. The usher hands me a program and walks me to a seat at the very top with a sign that reads RESERVED. The usher smiles and says: “Ella asked me to seat you here, the best seat in the house.” I glance at the program. Then I take a second look at the title of the play I came to see. Is that a typo?

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I kneel down in front of Bret and hold the dictionary in my hands. Will it be too heavy for him? His small hands take the book with wide eyes and a beautiful smile. He can handle it. Ella and Bret have come by to drop off an invitation. In two …

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