(1) My mother stands in the garden, dressed in stirrup pants and a print top cropped at the hip. I am five, according to the date she writes in blue ballpoint pen ink directly on the photograph: April 1966. I stand right next to her with a ribbon in my hair, wearing an outfit she must have sewn—a close-necked dress which looks like a tunic, because she was always leaving some allowance for growth. Behind us is a row of hollyhocks, most taller than me. The photograph is sepia, but I remember the flowers were pink and white. I can't see her eyes shaded by cat-eye sunglasses; can't tell if she was happy in the middle of that garden: roses in pots, stubby, uneven grass.