|Moments (standard:drama, 1495 words)|
|Author: Liz||Added: Mar 19 2002||Views/Reads: 2033/1345||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Moments happen with every second, minute,every day..|
Moments By Liz The day that Jimmy John Madden sat with his back hunched over the glass of whiskey down at Josies bar was the day he came face to face with His father. Jimmy John had only been nine the spring his father had left. He had stood out in the road and watched the car drive away spitting up dust. Three chickens had walked out across the road cackling and pecking at the roads settling dust. Jimmy John, nine years old and small for his age had been dressed in dusty overalls, gritty gray tank top and barefoot. He had kneaded his toes right into the soft spring ground feeling pebbles and sticks poke his toes. Later that night he had sat on the couch and picked out the dried mud from under his toenails with a pocket knife. He had done all of this while watching his Mother pace and wring her hands. Her swollen stomach had seemed to heave with guilt. Inside lay number seven on the Madden children. Jimmy John was in the middle. He had three older brothers living out west with families of their own. Sometimes they got letters or cards. When folks got out of this place usually it was forgotten. His sister Hannah was twelve. She had stringy blonde hair and was always licking her upper lip making it look red and scaly. She had been branded fish lips'. Fish lips was in the corner crying softly as Jimmy John picked the dirt. Baby Tessie was sitting on the floor. A dingy nappie on her. A single gold curl on her head. Three fingers in her mouth and wide silent eyes. Jimmy John had quit school by the time he was twelve. He had outgrown being the runt and now stood taller than most fourteen year olds. His arms became strong and larger. Fish Lips by this time has stooped licking her lips and was forever checking her complexion in the cracked mirrors around the house. Baby Tessie was full of blonde curls and learning to tie a nappie on Nathan. mother no longer stood and wrung her hands. She spent her days and nights in her room. Shades drawn and a cool rag on her forehead. One evening Jimmy John was surprised too hear her soft voice calling for him. When he entered her room he didn't know where to sit. Uncertain he stood awkward by the bed. J.J. I want you too promise too take care of the babies. I promise. She had turned her head and reached her arm out. Jimmy John dodged it afraid to grab it too roughly. And always make sure they eat. I'll make sure they eat. Sometime during the night she had died. Jimmy John had sat on the wooden rocker on the front porch and rocked slowly. After her strange way of calling him in he had sat with her. He watched the sun come up and ignored the cries of his sister when she found Mother in her room. Stiff from death. Jimmy John borrowed a suit from a farmer he worked for too go too her funeral. Fish Lips had worn and old dress of his Mothers and Baby Tessie had cut the length of one of fish lips old ones. Nathan dressed casual in a sleeper. The townsfolk had been kind and a few brought pies. Two apple and one peach. After watching his Mother lowered into the ground Jimmy John ushered his siblings home and went back to work the next day with the a piece of the peace pie in his lunch. Christmas he would chop a cedar down off the hill and drag it home. One year a new puppy for the two youngest ones rewarded Jimmy John with hugs. Flushing bright red he had went too his room and watched them play through a crack in the door. When Fish Lips stayed out with Edmond Green from down the road he would sit on the rocker. Big hands clenched on the sides and ears perked up straining to hear any noise of her coming up the drive. Early in the morning when she would come back home. He would leave for work and work longer than needed to and come home late and close his room door with a soft click. This lasted for only three months till Edmond Green came to Jimmy John's job. Farmer Howell Lead him out too the barn where he stuffed hay in the loft. Edmond cleared his throat and watched Jimmy John's muscles flex under the white shirt. Click here to read the rest of this story (105 more lines)
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