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May 1, 2007 by Darlene Young

The Seventh Ward Relief Society
presidency argued long and soft
whether Janie Goodmansen deserved
to have the sisters bring her family meals.
It seems that precedent was vague—
no one was sure if “boob job” qualified
as a legitimate call for aid.
Janie herself had never asked for help—
a fault they found it harder to forgive
even than the vanity behind
the worldliness of D-cup ambition.
But in the end charity did not fail.
The sisters marched on in grim duty
each evening clutching covered casseroles
(for, after all, it wasn’t the children’s fault).
More than once, though, by some oversight
the dessert came out a little short, as if
by some consensus they all knew
that Janie’s husband, Jim, could do
without a piece of pie that night.
2013: Darlene Young lives in South Jordan with her husband, four sons, and “big-boned” cat named Pippin. One of those sons can drive now, which explains the gray hair. (Thank goodness for Clairol.) She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at BYU.

2007: Darlene lives in South Jordan, Utah with her five guys and a cat. She serves as the secretary for the Association for Mormon Letters. She recently took up yoga.

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