The guy at Gillman’s Hardware didn’t need much prompting: “That’s what you do when you’re rich and spoiled,” he said. I’d explained that I’d found a grill on the street the night before while walking my dog. All it needed was some turnbuckles to firm up the legs, and maybe some black rust paint. Eleven bucks in hardware for a grill worth a couple hundred. “When I was their age, I was busy fixing things. […]
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Like most kids, I lied a lot. My lies weren’t strictly for the fun of it, I had standards. Lies were reserved for making people happy, getting out of trouble or ensuring that justice was done. My ability for lying or “story telling” as my grandmother called it, was genetic, passed on from my very gifted father.
From a young age, it was clear to me that my father, while undeniably fabulous, was flawed. Dad was incredibly bright, […]
Ella, Carson, Owen and Leif walked out of the children’s Christmas shop with big smiles and little shopping bags. Amblen walked out with a long, gift-wrapped board. He whispered to me, “Grandma, it’s for my dad!”
“Honey, would you consider a money clip or a tie?” I asked. He smiled and shook his head.
With determination he hefted his gift, wrapped in white tissue and tied with red yarn, up on his shoulder and marched toward the door. […]
My mom set the statue down in our living room, and my young mind instantly worried my own mother had gone insane.
She left with a shopping list of underwear and socks and came home with something I was embarrassed to look at in broad daylight.
The statue was of a couple embraced in a passionate kiss, their heads and slicked back hair formed a heart shape. She called it “passion” and “art.” I called it scandalous and embarrassing. […]
I was a lousy tooth fairy. I couldn’t find the tooth. Dodging cigarette butts, syringes, and moldy fast food wrappers, I crawled on the filthy floor looking for my son’s dental crown. The dentist said he’d reattach it for a minimal fee. He wasn’t being kind. I’d already paid off a substantial portion of his mortgage to restore my son’s beautiful smile. I needed to see that smile, but my son wasn’t in his apartment like he said he’d be. […]