Your Mother Could Lie Before She Could Talk, et al

Friday, August 11, 2006

Your Mother Could Lie Before She Could Talk--Final Installment

My brother and I always drew a picture or wrote a poem to include in mom’s weekly letters to grandma, letters from South Dakota, Colorado, California, and Connecticut. When we were younger mom encouraged us to put something in her letters and as we got older it became part of our routine. Amanda and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Your Mother Could Lie Before She Could Talk--Part 4

I nod my head. I have few memories of my childhood, but I flash on green grass, old growth trees, and a little stone boathouse by the Iowa River. I remember flying through the sidewalk-less grass dodging around houses that looked like shiny tin cans cut down the middle and laid on their side, and I... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Your Mother Could Lie Before She Could Talk--Part 3

“Which face do you feel like Grandma?” Grandma releases her hold on the cup and studies the card closely as if for the first time. “This one I think,” she says finally, tapping the last face, the crying one. I feel like her inquisitor, but I push on. “So they got married? Mom and Dad?” Grandma grips... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 7, 2006

Your Mother Could Lie Before She Could Talk--Part 2

Grandma has never found it hard to be good, can’t imagine doing anything illegal or immoral, and makes no differentiation between the two. Mother has never found it hard to be bad, and—unable to distinguish her needs from her wants—she has shown an almost admirable ruthlessness in obtaining those... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 4, 2006

Your Mother Could Lie Before She Could Talk--Part 1

My grandmother and I are sitting at her 30-year-old mail-order Sears and Roebuck kitchen table, me in jeans and a Grateful Dead t-shirt, and she in one of the pastel flowered housecoats Grandma favors since terminal breast cancer finally rendered her housebound. “Your mother could lie before she... Sign in to see full entry.

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