Category Archives: Youth

A Mother’s Day Post

My mother was not like the other mothers. The others always appeared at school functions clad in jewel-tone wind suits or high-waisted, taper-legged jeans designed to broadcast their devotion to Diet Coke and rice cakes. The hair at the crowns … Continue reading

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The most important meal of the day

As a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad, my father had a somewhat unpredictable schedule. Sometimes his work took him north to St. Louis or Chicago. Other times it took him south to Memphis or Little Rock. Sometimes he’d be … Continue reading

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The St. Louis Cousins’ last ride

It was always an exciting time for my sisters and me when our St. Louis Cousins came to visit. For though we were the country mice to their city mice, they were savage in a way we admired but could … Continue reading

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Flight of the grudge mule

Our mother had purchased the mule as a sort of fuck-you to our father. She and our next-door neighbor, Cindy, liked to go to the sale barn every Monday night to get away from kids and husbands for a few … Continue reading

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Some people are bad

I posted this last summer, but then took it back down after a few hours. I was afraid it would be taken the wrong way. My intent in sharing this story is not to malign anyone’s reputation but to emphasize … Continue reading

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Deterrent

Let there be no doubt that our mother could spank a child with such strength and sting it’d be a while before you felt OK about sitting again. But usually, when my sisters and I were overly rowdy/sullen/disagreeable she made … Continue reading

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The origin of species

Every family has its own mythology. Sometimes these stories are a way to restore order to the world when there’s evidence of things that aren’t quite right. Sometimes these stories are a way to inspire obedience. Sometimes these stories are … Continue reading

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