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The family photo on my fridge now has a tinge of sadness

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There are some very important things stuck to my fridge door. A council garbage collection schedule. A business card for a local plumber. A post-it note with the handwritten message "CLOSE THE FREAKIN FREEZER DOOR!”, the “FREAKIN” added in two weeks later when the original message didn’t seem to be having enough passive-aggressive impact.


But by far the most important thing stuck to my fridge door is a photograph. It’s got pride of place right in the middle and it’s held on with my fanciest fridge magnet - the fake chocolate made out of dark brown rubber with a set of teethmarks in the corner. My teethmarks. The magnet looks very realistic.

The photo was taken in 2012 and it’s of my entire family: my parents, my siblings, all our partners and our kids. We’re all sitting at a long table in a hotel restaurant in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on the first morning of a big family........

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