THE LAST BROWN DELI BAG IN THE GRAND UNION / MY MOTHER IS MISSING. I left her sitting in the passenger of the Quik Cleaners whUe I ran inside. Five minutes it took me, side of my grey '82 Toyota angle-parked downtown in front tops, two dresses, a skirt and one of Harry's suits. I come back to the car. It's parked sUghtly cockeyed, but legal. I look inside and it's empty. At first I think Tm losing my mind. Maybe I took the other car, the Rabbit, but I never drive the Rabbit because of the brakes and the radio. I know I took the grey Toyota, which I always take, and anyway it's there in front of the cleaners where I left it and my mother isn't. She's eighty-five years old; where could she be? She's fraU. She's hard of hearing. She sees but not so well. I look around. Maybe she needed to pee or something. I go into the store next to Quik and ask if they have an old lady in the bathroom. They think Tm crazy. This is a dress shop for teenagers they teU me. I see that it is. The
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1990
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