My Mother's Starfish

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic
About the Starfish currently residing in my home

Submitted: July 20, 2014

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Submitted: July 20, 2014

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I brought my mother a starfish from The Bahamas…It’s huge…Seriously…And it stinks…It still stinks…Mind you, this happened this past spring break…And still…Although, it’s beautiful, but it’s dead, you see…That’s why it stinks…And I didn’t know this…I’d gotten hints that starfish were a living thing…Like a real creature…But it never occurred to me just how alive they really are…So alive that they’re like regular fish…When you take them out of the water, they die…That’s why my mother’s starfish stinks…Because it’s dead…And I didn’t understand until much later…Until it stunk up my suitcase, my kitchen, my house…Until desperately one day, my mother cracked it open and revealed its insides…What a cruel woman…Very funny, actually…And we didn’t know how to get the smell off of it…So, I dipped in in Clorox for a whole night…Pure Clorox…Not some Clorox diluted in water…No…The pure stuff right out of the bottle…And so, most of my mother’s starfish dissolved…I don’t know…It even has a huge hole in the middle now…And it looks better now…Cooler…Altered with…But better in its own way…A lot of the smell went away…It’s sitting by the kitchen window, so sometimes the wind blows and brings the stink into the kitchen again…But, it’s less…Much less…I couldn’t believe it, you know…How something so precious could smell so awful…So nauseating…And they don’t warn you…The vendors…They don’t warn you…And it’s not something anyone talks about either…Ever…So, you have to discover by yourself how this starfish will probably make you lose your appetite for a few days…The whole thing is hilarious…I can’t believe my mother cracked it open…She’s always been the curious type…Always into everyone’s business…So nosey…And it angers me…But, I end up being more amazed than angry…Because she’s hilarious, you see…Curious…Cute…In her own many ways


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