John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton

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Happy Bird!

Mom used to say that. She used to say a lot of things. On Thanksgiving, for example, she'd say "I'm going to make the cranberries." Everyone in the house would be working on dinner: my stepfather would be responsible for actually making the dinner, the three (and later four) of us would be busy pulling out the serving pieces, putting all the leaves in the table, and setting it, and Mom would be on the phone with one of her sisters or cousins. Each phone conversation would end with, "I'll talk to you later, Bits (or Moe or Jill or Jinx or Alice or Jack or Jeanne or Kate or whoever), I've got to go make the cranberries." Finally, about half an hour before dinner was ready to be served, Mom would get around to making the cranberries. You'd think that she'd just performed the twelve trials of Hercules when she was done.

I wish she was still around to laugh about it.

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