This Is Not Slander

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

Dr Blair has four children:

His oldest daughter is a year older than me

and I don’t know if she is dead or alive.

His second daughter is a very close friend of mine.

His son I guess I am still on speaking terms with —

and his fourth I just wish Happy Birthday.


Dr Blair has nine grandchildren —

three of them I have never met.


He has at least fourteen great grand children

and he doesn’t even want to know that they exist.