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Mother's Summer Vacation

Mother's Summer Vacation Katherine Taylor My mother never stops speaking before the answering machine cuts off. "It's hot," she says, "and I am so bored and I'm in the car, we're in the desert and Daddy is going potty and I'm hot and there's nothing to look at." We have asked her not to phone before 11am, but she does. My brother has told her, "People like us do not get up before 11am." "Unemployed people?" "Bartenders, mother." We punish her by never picking up the phone. She punishes us by phoning again and again. Sometimes she punishes us by not phoning for weeks, and though my brother and I are relieved when this happens, we panic sometimes and know, she has told us, we'll be sorry when she's dead. When she visits New York, she visits for weeks at a time. "I hate Fresno," she says. "I hate that hell hole." She has lived in Fresno for twenty-three years. For twenty-three years she has said, "I hate this hell hole." "Go on and do what you would do if I weren't here," she says after the second week of her visit. "I can read. I'll clean the closets." "Don't clean http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Mother's Summer Vacation

Prairie Schooner , Volume 80 (3)

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Katherine Taylor My mother never stops speaking before the answering machine cuts off. "It's hot," she says, "and I am so bored and I'm in the car, we're in the desert and Daddy is going potty and I'm hot and there's nothing to look at." We have asked her not to phone before 11am, but she does. My brother has told her, "People like us do not get up before 11am." "Unemployed people?" "Bartenders, mother." We punish her by never picking up the phone. She punishes us by phoning again and again. Sometimes she punishes us by not phoning for weeks, and though my brother and I are relieved when this happens, we panic sometimes and know, she has told us, we'll be sorry when she's dead. When she visits New York, she visits for weeks at a time. "I hate Fresno," she says. "I hate that hell hole." She has lived in Fresno for twenty-three years. For twenty-three years she has said, "I hate this hell hole." "Go on and do what you would do if I weren't here," she says after the second week of her visit. "I can read. I'll clean the closets." "Don't clean

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