I write to you from a commune I am unsure I’ll ever escape. My skin has taken on a pale green palor from all the spinach I am forced to eat and I have not seen an egg for years. Looking back, I feel nothing but shame. I should have been better prepared. I should have been safer. I should have sprinted the opposite direction the very first time I heard the word “vegan.”
Dan’s stutter emerged when he was four years old. Before then, his speech was fluent. Over 90 percent of speech impediments dissolve by the age of 18, the remaining 10 percent worsen over time. Dan, now 22, finds himself in the latter 10 percent.