"we weren't popular on carriage court. .... you saw the others out grilling in their front yards and settling sprinklers on the grass after dark, but my mother and Ted stayed inside. .... a posse of three fathers from the end of the block came to tell Ted how to mow the lawn. .... they were all nice, looking at their hands while they talked, their shoes shuffling on the porch. .... they must have known already. they probably thought of me as the girl with the overgrown lawn."
- excerpt from the novel Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson