He stood there, hands in his skin tight, ripped to the crotch jeans, expressionless. Trisha beamed as she told me about his wanna-be band….and that she was planning on touring with them when she turned 18 in a couple months.
Uh….no. My daughter is not going to be a groupie.
I fought the urge to smack them both alongside the head, but I sat there, fake smile in place, as Axel sung the cover song from their debut album. The one hit wonder that would carry him to stardom was AWFUL.
A few days later, just as Axel’s screeching was finally fading from memory, a call from Hermie in the middle of the night pushed me further over the edge.
“Hey mom. I need your help.”
“Where are you? It’s two in the morning! I thought you were in bed.”
“Ya…about that. I snuck out.”
“You’re 19 years old. You don’t need to sneak out. Where the heck are you?”
“Waiting for a tow truck off I-17.” There was a long pause. “I totaled your car mom…. but it wasn’t my fault.”
At this point in the conversation I stopped listening and just beat the phone into the mattress repeatedly. He had his own dang car! Why did he take mine?!
Jerry stirred and mumbled, “Everything okay?”
I tossed him the phone and said, “It’s for you” and walked out of the room.
The next day I visited the remains of my car. As I stood there looking at the mangled metal, it began to rain. I laughed a little and thought, When it rains it pours, right?
Alone, I think I might even have bounced back from that experience, but combined with Trisha’s shenanigans and the rest of the week’s events, Jerry’s anniversary gift a couple weeks later acted like miracle grow for that tiny sapling.
For our twenty-second anniversary, Mr. Romantic sauntered in carrying half dead daisies and expecting his token holiday relations. I insisted on dinner first, so we drove across town to a nice little Mexican place….. Taco Bell.
Over a crunch wrap supreme and diet Pepsi, Jerry looked into my eyes and said, “Mother is having a hard time on her own. I told her she could move in with us for a while. What do you think, Sue?”
And that was all it took.
Check back tomorrow to see what Sue does!