This is the latest chapter I've been polishing for my forthcoming Oxy-Mormon Memoirs: A Love Story with Footnotes.*
*Signed depiction releases have been purchased to mention Emily, her mother and the kids.
OXY-MORMON MEMOIRS: A Love Story with Footnotes
by Steven Fales
Between the reading and divorce there was the big birthday bash I threw for Emily. All of her friends were there. Emily’s friends outnumbered mine ten to one. Could they sense that this was my last housewarming hurrah? They would all soon swoop in and console her. One single mom from South Africa moved in with her high strung little boy for a while. It was a unbearable for Emily and the kids but it was great for her friend. Where was her ex-husband?
Emily and the kids were set—the popcorn ceilings and three layers of old wallpaper stripped and replaced. The kids had a house they could be proud to bring their friends home to after school. It became the fun house on the block with the slide and trampoline in the back. And the mysterious, meticulous dad who had moved far away.
What about all those calls from daddy in the morning just as you were about to go to school? How did calls go from daily to weekly to monthly? Was it me or Emily?
Emily had all the holiday decorations from our years of collecting. I was the one that couldn’t get enough $9.99 Victorian houses on sale at the Christmas Tree Store back in Hartford. She had over twenty. I missed the Christmas Churches in our village and Friendly’s Ice Cream we used to take the kids to. And those Yankee Candles all over the house? Some of them came directly from the factory in Deerfield, CT we had toured on our way to a weekend retreat at UConn professor’s Queen Ann in Vermont. Daddy was Christmas, dang it! I let the Grinch steal it because I just let her have everything.
Steven Fales is the writer/performer of Confessions of a Mormon Boy available on iTunes and Amazon,com.