The End Result

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic

Things change - life keeps moving.

I call it providence. Divorce, though, does have its cues . . . of nearing-inevitability. No matter. I guess the three of us had stifled our own lives long enough. Has anybody questioned just how much they put in to playing 'happy families'? It had, for me, been too ultraconservative. For my parents, well, they had their reasons for contacting their solicitors. Who was to blame? They both were for a knackered-beyond-repair marriage. Those Freudian walls had certainly closed in on me - the son who had to evaluate the situation. I looked at all the framed photographs on the mantelpiece. Whotf were those people smiling for the camera? It was a sobering moment . . . my kin, my own flesh and blood - I'm damned if I knew!

 

My mother is, by my reckoning, in her early seventies - and would've mellowed with age. We haven't spoken for almost three decades. I s'pose I could've reconciled - but chose not to. I'm waiting for the day I get the news. I won't be attending her funeral. The years between us have severed any bond - we are estranged! I wish I had some regret. (He ponders that for a moment.) But I don't. As for pops, somebody told me he was serving drinks on a P&O ferry. He was a seaman at heart - spent most of the seventies on supertankers. Just being on a vessel gave him an indescribable sense of belonging. You can't begrudge a guy for that.

 

I try not to 'personalize' things - even if it's happened directly to me. No amount of theorizing is gonna grease the way. We're all unknowingly heading towards the solution. Why postpone its arrival? Time spent on caffeine-induced guesswork is only going to betray you - by giving the outcomes 'variables' they just don't have. And you're often left scratching your head - with a wry smirk: damn . . . why didn't I see that?


Submitted: November 28, 2020

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hullabaloo22

Kind of sad, Jobe, but I did appreciate the slightly dark humor.

Sat, November 28th, 2020 6:48pm

Craig Davison

Very good. I really enjoyed this one, Jobe. I've seen the photos of my parents marriage/'wedding' in 1961 - at the registry. Not a pretty sight.
Cheers,
Craig.

Sat, November 28th, 2020 9:35pm

88 fingers

Very good story of what life congers up.

Sun, November 29th, 2020 1:14am

88 fingers

Very good story of what life congers up.

Sun, November 29th, 2020 1:14am

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