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MOTHER'S DAY

THOUGH NAUGHTY BETTY'S (DAUGHTER LIKE MOTHER) "HUSBAND" HAD NEVER EXISTED OUTSIDE BETTY'S MIND - TRY HARD AS SHE COULD TO FORGET HIM - HE WAS THERE... AN UNWANTED WAD - A PERENNIAL LUMP LODGED SOMEWHERE IN THE LONGITUDINAL FISSURE SEGREGATING HER HEMISPHERES... AN IMMUTABLE IRRITANT TO HER CORPUS CALLOSUM AND OTHER EXPOSED NERVES...

HIM AND THAT DAM OUTBOARD MOTORBOAT COVERED WITH HIS RATTY OLD TARPAULIN IN THE DRIVEWAY... THE KIDS... MAMA HAVING TO FIX THEIR DINNER FOLLOWING HER DEBILITATIVE DAY AFTER DAYS AFTER DAYS OVER AT BRENDA'S NUT FARM... CRACKING AND SORTING NUTS... AND THE CAT... THE STUCK VEGETABLE DRAWER IN THE FRIGIDAIRE... THE CORD TO THE ELECTROLUX UPRIGHT...

SO THE TIME ARRIVED... NAUGHTY BETTY HAD DUMPED THE S.O.B. AND SOLD HIS DAM OUTBOARD MOTORBOAT - THE KIDS GOT JOBS - SHE WAS OFF THE RAG FOR GOOD - AND LOOKING FOR A TOWN TO PAINT...

AND - SOMEWHERE, WHO REALLY NOSE? DOG KNOWS!, A WOMAN WAS PARKED ALONE IN HER CAR - THE WINDOW CRACKED - HAVING A LUCKY STRIKE OR A CAMEL ON A STRETCH OF COUNTY ROAD NEAR PONCA CITY, OKLAHOMA. THOUGH NOTHING HAD EVER EXISTED OUTSIDE HER MIND, SHE DIDN'T KNOW IT... AND SHE HAD BOUGHT A TOLE PAINTING KIT DOWNTOWN, AND WAS GOING TO TRY AND WORK THINGS OUT...

IT WAS ALL (AND IS) A TERRIBLY COMPLEX SURFACE SCRATCH. ONE WOULD HAVE HAD TO AT LEAST HALFWAY BEEN THERE TO UNDERSTAND...