Illustration by Alessandro Gottardo

It’s one of my earliest memories. My mom receives a telephone call from France. I remember it was early morning, both because of the smell of toast in the air and because of the time difference, early morning was the best time for France to reach us. I remember knowing it was France when she answered the phone by how quickly she transitioned from English to French. The phone she answered lived in the living room atop a wicker basket and looked like this:

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