By Evan Lavender-Smith

Evan Lavender-Smith is the author of From Old Notebooks and Avatar. His writing has recently appeared in BOMB, The White Review, Eleven Eleven, and The Collagist. He teaches creative writing at New Mexico State University and serves as an editor at Noemi Press.

  1. Evan Lavender-Smith's previous work for The Butter can be found here.   Tell your mother the roast is overdone. Tell your father he can start cooking for himself, if he likes.   Tell your father he didn’t fix the ice maker right. Tell your mother I’m not a plumber.   Tell your mother the laundry’s dry. Tell your father I’m not his maid.

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  2. He earned his first star (gold) for designing and hanging up his sticker chart. That evening he earned another star (gold) for watching a movie with his children without complaining about it. Later that evening he earned another star (gold) for getting his children in bed without complaining about it. And later that evening he earned a star (red) for an undisclosed reason.   The next morning he earned a star (gold) for getting his…

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