The Summer When Everything
“Mom,” I took a deep breath, “We
really need to talk.”
I saw her smile waver a little, “What is it?
Honey… If you’re asking for a car again, I
can’t afford it.”
“No mom, it’s about…
Dad.” I swallowed hard as I saw the look of obvious
disapproval cross her face. “I can’t stay here
anymore, and it won’t be like you’ll be staying alone
either. Mellissa will still be here. I know you don’t like
Dad, but he can take care of me.”
“How long darling?” She looked down at
the bills at the table and I could see her grimace.
“Uh… Mom, I was sort of going to
stay” She didn’t look up. “Mom, I was going to
move in completely.”
This is a good idea, I told myself. But that was
hard with my mother’s disapproval of dad. They’ve
been divorced for fourteen years and had kids. All the
same, they acted like broken up seventh graders. A moving truck
was taking all of my things down from Rochester to Miami while I
would take a plane down. When I had told dad I was coming down,
he was terrified, “Wow, that’s a change. When are you
coming? Do you need to be enrolled in school? Do you need a
I had told I could handle everything and that he
didn’t need to worry about anything, just that there was
too much drama up by me.
My mother was waiting in the lounge tapping her
foot. With her huge brown sun glasses and dark brown hair pulled
up, she looked a lot younger. “Mom, I really didn’t
want to do this either, I just really need this. Maybe I will
come home soon.”
She ignored me by turning around and blowing some
hair out of her face. “Attention all scheduled passengers
from flight 42A, the plane is scheduled to arrive in ten minutes.
We are sorry for the delay.” The speaker’s voice
boomed all over the airport.
“Mom,” I said taking her shoulders and
turning her around, “I love you. I need to hear that in
person before I leave.”
She hesitated, “Susan, I will
you…” She embraced me in a hug and we waited for the
plane to arrive.
I felt something vibrate in my pocket; my phone. I
pulled it out
One new message
Susan, plz forgive me, can we
talk somewhere private, come to my house? Plz?
I hadn’t told him I was leaving
I hit the reply button
Jack, I cant leaving for florida
right now, not coming bak
One new message
I love you, don’t
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