Of Course He Did

Bubblegum
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The chew, chew, pop rhythm that came from the back seat drove Janet mad. She wasn't sure who had given Laura that box of bubblegum- the cheap kind that sugars out after half a dozen chews- but she was tempted to find the culprit and stick a with a wad of chewed up gum in places she wouldn't say out loud.

She would take, however, the smacking over the crying.  The divorce was hard on Laura, and Janet almost considered staying with Mike for her sake.  Almost, but after the last time she found him drunk on their porch with another woman's name scrawled on the inside of his hand, she knew she couldn't stay in the marriage any longer.  The empty space where her wedding band used to be still ached.  The bed that always seemed so small and was suddenly too large kept her awake at night, wondering what she could do better.

Behind her, Janet could hear the unwrapping of another piece of gum.  "Alright baby, that's enough."

"But Mom!" Always in protest.  "Daddy said to chew up, it's good for my teeth."



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10 comments:

  1. Grrr.. I don't know if you are in this situation personally, having gone through a breakup with a child involved, but I have, and I can FEEL what Janet is feeling when Laura says "Daddy said..." GRRR!!! And it's nasty sugary gum that will rot her teeth! I liked this, you do a great job of giving little glimpses into people's lives.

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  2. Grrrrr. Plus gum popping is one of my pet peeves. Great story of how the irritating sound led her mind to wander and then you came full circle.

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  3. There's a Disneyland Dad for you!

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  4. Well he's just the gift that keeps on givin' isn't he.

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  5. I actually love to chew gum, especially bubblegum in the summertime. But when I hear other people doing it, (My 5 yr olds still haven't mastered it, they swallow after 3 chews..) it drives me crazy.

    I think she should make sure the bottom of his shoes are covered with the pink stuff the next time he stops by. Jerk.
    ;)

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  6. I really like the mix between the sweet & innocent (gum) and the harsh reality of the divorce. The third line in the first paragraph seems to have a little typo or word missing.

    And the irritation with the "Disneyland dad" (like Mandy referenced) rings so true. Frustrating!

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  7. Yep. Mekes me want to punch that man

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  8. Good indirect description of a selfish dad.

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  9. Thank you Ann :)

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  10. If I was in her situation he'd end up with a wad of chewing gum in his shoes.

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