Dr. 2 with patient The Bottle Tree by Beth Kander

 
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Patient: The Bottle Tree

Legal Guardian: Beth Kander

Insurance: PagePay Plus

Symptoms: Awkward adolescence, sober psychology

Diagnosis: Ghost Whispering


Patient Description:

This whole thing— everything— it’s not who we are. It’s what happened to us, but it is not who we are.
— Alley

This story had the strongest symbolism I've encountered all year. The Bottle Tree itself is exploited generously without redundancy in this polemical piece. The legal guardian constantly found new ways to perceive the tragedy through the Bottle Tree's decorated simplicity. The author's note said it opened the discussion on gun violence from both sides, but there was no dialectical discussion. It's not guns n' philosophy, but it nobly spoke on behalf of the victims of gun violence through drama, which told the best tale. 


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