Mother’s Day

I’ll get to all that’s been happening, or maybe some of it, but first – today is Sunday. How do I know? Elvis gospel on the radio. “Crazy times,” Bernie says. “I like XM/Sirius but the whole satellite radio business plan may be obsolete already.” No idea what he’s talking about. Right now they’re playing Milky White Way, my favorite.

It’s also Mother’s Day. Kind of confusing, two days at the same time. I’ll just have to run around faster. Bernie’s calling his mom. I’ve met her once: a piece of work. She lives somewhere far away with a new husband, or an even newer one. He puts her on speaker while he tries to get the coffee maker to work. 

“Hi, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.”

“Thanks, Kiddo.” Bernie’s mom has a raspy voice, the kind humans get after they’ve been smoking for a long time. She calls Bernie kiddo – what’s up with that?

“How’s everything?”

“Don’t ask.”

“Is there some problem?”

“Don’t you read the papers, Kiddo? There’s nothing but problems.”

“How’s Phil?”

“A pain in the ass. Aren’t you, Phil?” A man in the background says something I can’t make out.

“Any plans to come  this way?” Bernie says.

“Hate the desert – you know that.”

“You’re always welcome.”

“Who taught you to lie so smoothly?”

“We both know the answer to that one,” Bernie says. She laughs, a hacking kind of laugh. Bernie laughs too. They laugh together for a bit. “Bye, Mom.”

“Bye, Kiddo.” 



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5 Responses to “Mother’s Day”

  1. Diane Brodson
    7:54 am on May 10th, 2009

    I wonder… do dogs remember their mother?

  2. Rebecca Rice
    11:09 am on May 10th, 2009

    I think dogs remember the _idea_ of mother… Warm, safe caresses that feel good as she licks them clean… Like tummy scratches, or Deep Chest Rubs.

  3. C. Harris
    12:48 pm on May 10th, 2009

    Well, at least we know that dogs probably don’t remember their father! ha ha I’m curious if Chet’s encounters with ‘she dogs’ will result in puppies and if any owners will show up on the door step with puppies in arms. Wouldn’t Bernie be shocked? Or are police dogs ever neutered? Would Chet know if he was neutered?

    I thought that XM/Sirius filed for bankruptcy not too long ago. One of the problems is that satellite radio is installed in new cars and new cars aren’t selling. Another problem is that young people create their own music and haven’t been interested in satellite programming.

  4. ALR
    5:10 pm on May 10th, 2009

    Did I see that before? …the Peter Abrahams link? Is that a clue? Perhaps I just never had to scroll down that far because today there a four plus comments! More books to read, great!

  5. C. Harris
    5:23 pm on May 10th, 2009

    I bet one of the things that happened yesterday was that Chet and Bernie picked up Charlie and planned out a gift for Mother’s Day. After all, Bernie’s ex-wife is the mother of his only child and needs to be honored no matter what their relationship is.

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