By Mary Heath
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You're right," she said, sitting down across from him at the breakfast table and crossing her legs smoothly, but with some difficulty, rocking on her round bottom to give momentum to the act of hoisting her right leg over her left. "When you boys look at one of those bad ones out at the farm, all you see is a son-of-a-bitch.
Did" I couldn't ask if my mother knew about it. "It" was not so very horrible, considering the facts of their marriage, or not even considering: my marriage is perfectly fine. But I had no memory in forty years of having addressed a single sentence to my father's back. "Nobody knew it, Mommy never, you never. " "Her husband, Harry Abrahams. He was a nice man. He had some temper but when he wasn't mad. . " He twirled the string of the blinds in his hand. " He looked at me briefly, to check my face.
It was all to the good when he made himself push against the world; using the telephone was the challenge to him that climbing up a sheer rockface would be to me. I could see him pacing while he held the phone; I do that too. "Listen. " "Right. " I imagined he was going to ask to change rooms and be done with his room-mate's mishugas once and for all. Play the tv till midnight. Sing in the shower. " he asked. " "Nothing. " Janie and the kids sometimes come running when they don't know I'm on the phone with him.