Honky Tonk Amnesia

Great news! While listening to the radio, I finally heard the diagnosis for what was ailing our mother, Mary Jo! The ailment is named, “Honky Tonk Amnesia”. I was almost struck dumb when I heard it because it surely fits our mother to a tee…a dysfunctional, cross-addicted, very troubled tee, but nonetheless a tee! It […]

“I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”

I don’t think Merle Haggard ever knew our mother. Although his song I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink seems to have been written with her in mind. In fact it could have been her motto. Now she never admitted to this being her slogan. In fact, her usual state was one of denial. […]

Durnk Srcabbel

Mother had a long time friend by the name of Marge. You have read about her if you treated yourself to the story about the great Scrabble contests shared by Marge and mother. Now, Mother could not keep a friend for very long and had few long term relationships. It has always been puzzling that […]

Secret Agent Mom

Mother did not work outside the home for many years although she always said she was busy. Too busy to clean. Too busy to do the laundry. Too busy to prepare a nice dinner, or a decent school lunch for us. Too busy to do many of the normal household chores that stay at home […]

School Lunches From Hell

Once in a great while, my sister Abby and I would have to take our lunch to school. Usually this unfortunate event occurred when Mother had an “appointment” of some sort. Mother was always very secretive about what she may – or may not – have been up to. Maybe she felt it added glamour […]

We’re Only As Sick As Our Secrets

Drinking alcohol in aluminum glasses was one of Mother’s favorite “tricks.” You could not see through it so didn’t know for sure what was in the glass. She would always say it was just “good, cold water.” I wondered water and what? Whiskey, gin or vodka? She also refused to share a sip with my […]