Adria Bernardi has won The Missouri Review‘s Editors’ Prize in Essay. She is widely published as an essayist, fiction writer and translator. 
Dec 01 1999
A year after I have been back on my feet, sleep deprived with a baby, I am watching television. I am laughing hard. Frasier and his father, Martin, are bickering as they reluctantly enter a hospital room. They tiptoe gingerly, comedic, bumbling, bumping into each other, not wanting to enter. I hope we’re not disturbing you, they say to the patient. This takes me back.