Writer in Residence · 09/23/2012

Mother/Father and Clown


When it was time for dessert, Mom announced she was on her latest sugar fast. Dad said since when and she replied starting now. She said some man devouring Starburst in the waiting area at her therapist’s office was the motivation. Dad rolled his eyes, we knew what this meant. Sneaking Marie Callender’s after my soccer matches. Hoarding bite sized snickers in our bedrooms. Sometimes we’d meet in the bathroom in the middle of the night. Got anything left he’d ask? I could usually score a few bucks for a fireball, but when I introduced Twinkies and Ho-hos, the payoff was huge.



One year, for my birthday, Mom came up with this insane idea to go with a Mexican theme. We had to dress as our favorite jumping bean, and the main activity centered around an elaborate piñata that took her only minutes to assemble, then tie it to our basement ceiling. We all wondered what was in it- candy? Race cars? Yo-yos? When the first kid, Tommy, took the bat, and whacked it wide open, I turned bright red. All of these sprouts fell out and the entire basement stunk. What are they, Tommy wanted to know. I told him it was a joke, like every other birthday was before this one, too.


Robert Vaughan leads writing roundtables at Redbird- Redoak Writing. His prose and poetry can be found in numerous journals. His short fiction, “10,000 Dollar Pyramid” was a finalist in the Micro-Fiction Awards 2012. He is senior flash fiction editor at JMWW, and Lost in Thought magazines. He was the head judge for Wisconsin People & Ideas 2012 Fiction contest. He hosts Flash Fiction Fridays for WUWM’s Lake Effect. His book, Flash Fiction Fridays, is at Amazon. His poetry chapbook, Microtones, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. His blog:“http://www.rgv7735.wordpress.com”:http://www.rgv7735.wordpress.com/


posted by Nancy Freund