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Melissa Llanes Brownlee is a writer born and raised in Hawaii. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,… Read more »
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My Kuleana

Melissa Llanes Brownlee

Grandpa wea you stay? I open the door to his room but he isn’t there. Mom is going to give me dirty lickins if I don’t find him quick. Grandpa! Mom said you gotta come take a shower right now. I close the door and walk down the stairs to his garden. He’s sitting on his stool. His left arm cradled on his lap, his right hand pulling weeds. He’s not wearing a hat and I know I’m going to get yelled at because it’s my job to make sure he’s clothed and fed.

Every morning before school, I have to make his oatmeal for his breakfast and his soup for his lunch thermos. I have to walk them down to his room under the house. I have to open the door to the smell of shishi and something much stronger, something that pushes down on me. I have to place the tray of food on the table we got from the industrial area, a big wooden spool I imagine once held cable for an elevator. An elevator at one of the resorts in Waikoloa that goes to a suite that I will see when I am rich and… Read more »