Neighbor breaks ankle. We live in a small village with a narrow road and we can only be reached by a ferry over a canal. Neighbor is temporarily dependent on a wheelchair for moving. She orders a wheelchair. It is brought. That is, the van driver calls her and says he doesn’t want to cross the ferry and into the village. He asks her if she would like to come and get the wheelchair across the street.
A version of this article also appeared in NRC on the morning of 21 July 2021