Due to unforseen circumstances I came here on an airplane when I was eight years old. Here used to be Taiwan, and then it was Connecticut. Now here is Canada. It's pretty all right here. Back home the trees don't change colors and pretend to die. My fingers don't get frostbite and blacken. The milk doesn't stay fresh nearly so long.
If I don't go to graduate school then I have to enlist in the military back in Taiwan. That's how it works over there. Fascists. Just kidding about the fascism. I get universal healthcare. It's like five bucks to go to the dentist's.
My grandmother doesn't have to go to the dentist anymore. No teeth left. She had a stroke when she was 68, then she grew smaller and smaller and then impossibly smaller. It's been ten years, and she is dry skin draped over brittle bones now. A wind could carry her away like a kite whose string has broken, my grandmother kite.