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The Friday after Thanksgiving, Louisa brings over the leftover bags of potato chips that she saves from the meals at the nursing home. Mom takes them to the "pregnant-jailbird 'parenting group'" she runs downtown" (26.5). She says it helps them feel like they're still people.
Louisa mentions that she misses seeing Miranda around. It's the first time she's said anything about that.
At dinner that night, Mom is in a bad mood about her work at the office (broken copy machine, letters to type) and snaps at Richard, who was in court all day.
Richard comes in while Mom is doing the dishes and asks where his extra pair of work shoes are.