My problem is my son, my only child,
the apple of my eye. Such a nice boy. He's handsome, like a movie
star, polite, treats me like a queen. He makes good money, and is
here every Thursday for my gnocchi, which he says is like no other.
He buys us presents, like a new car on our anniversary and a cruise
last summer. Not like some of those no goods who mooch off their
parents and think who they are. So, why do I write? It's this. He's
pushing forty, and he's not married. I know what you're thinking,
but it's not that. I almost, god forbid, wish it were, if it meant
he would settle down. No, every few months, he brings home a new
bimbo. Blonde, built and beautiful, if you like that type. Which
he does, and so does his father, who appreciates the scenery a little
too much, but keeps his hands to himself, he values his life. In
other words, no grandchildren. What can I do? No one is getting
any younger, least of all me.
No bambinos, Wantaugh
You, the mother of one family, can not
make a new family, this is not possible under any circumstances.
You can throw yourself at the knees of whoever you want, you can
hint at large sums to be inherited, you can threaten at knifepoint,
(believe me, I've tried.) Accept that it is out of your power and
enjoy your cruises. Remember, grandchildren come along with a number
of annoyances, including their own mother and a set of in laws.
Many otherwise savvy people miss this point.
God bless, Donna
Last month, I hit the tri state powerball,
for quite a tidy sum. I immediately put on the red ribbon, but I
am sad to say this has not helped ward off the evil eye. As soon
as the news went out, and this, I found out, is a difficult matter
to keep on the QT, my problems began. This one and that one are
calling me up, asking me for handouts and talking about me if I
do not respond with the open hand. Here's the worst: my father is
not speaking to me because I will not pay for his goombah's
dentures. Am I obligated?
Be careful what you wish for, Peoria
Ah, hitting the lotto, the dream of
dreams, next to going on disability for "back trouble ."
What can I say? It's your money, do what you want. You are under
no obligation other than to repay your monetary debts. Peace in
the family is not bought or sold, and if there is war between you
and your father, it has to do with something else. Pay for the dentures
or not, until you figure out what that is, expect trouble. That's
just how it is. God bless, Donna
This being summer, and the barbeque
season, I get many requests for my favorite recipes
no circumstances will I write down. Forget that. God bless, Donna
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Monk is a full time faculty member of Penn State University, where
she teaches creative writing, both fiction and non fiction. She
pursues freelance writing, authoring plays and feature articles.
She has broken nearly as many rules of family as she has enforced.
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