My Daily Meltdown: The Comfort of Wraps

Welcome to My Daily Meltdown, where I count down to the Nov. 6 release of MELT with insights about how I came to create the book.

In MELT, Joey is always getting into fights, so Dorothy gets him boxing gloves and wraps. She wraps his hands:

“She’s like a nurse treating her patient she’s

bandaging my

wounds. That’s how it feels like she’s

blanketing my hand — my

motley mutilated



for a hand.

She winds it she


it she lays it

on me

over me she

covers me in




I feel safe. Comforted. It’s like when I wore the cuffs

when I held my own hand.

It’s like wearing the cuffs without the


steel without the


Who knew who

knew who


I could feel good




All those nights

I spent in my bed hands huddled under my belly clutching at my fingers trying to find something



to feel better caught in that trap in that hell under siege overrun by all that screaming thrashing


going down


all those nights these wraps they would’ve been perfect.”

I was able to capture Joey’s secure feeling in his wraps because I felt that way when I first boxed. I loved the secure feeling I got in my wraps – and I would keep them on for hours after my lesson, writing in them, shopping it them, you name it. Sometimes people mistook them for bandages and asked me what had happened. I told them what they were, but usually pretended I was about to go to my boxing lesson – not that I’d left it hours ago.

Those wraps were so soothing, so comforting – they were like wearing comforters on my hands. They were like wearing mini-hugs. Strange that one wears them to punch things. But then, wraps are not the thing that hits. They are the protection that shields us. So I guess it’s not so stranger after all.

Bye for now.

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