Mother's Secret

by Laura Bennett

The blue recycle bin swallowed the glass, shattering it into a million small pieces that mingled into anonymity with the rest of the neighborhood’s castoffs. The boys playing basketball nearby did not even look up as she unloaded another case from the back of the silver minivan, then pulled yet another from under the camouflage of baby blankets between the car seats. Trying hard not to rumple the newly pressed navy blue suit, she took great pleasure in the crashing; the wine bottles’ empty chattering together silenced at last. Yesterday, the littlest one had called the liquor store clerk by name... the day before the middle child was found in the garage lining up the pretty glass bottles from big to small, having found them hiding under the green tarp. The oldest took a big sip from the drink parading as juice in a flowered Sigg bottle nested into the minivan’s cup holder. Tomorrow is the New Year, a day for resolutions she thought as she climbed in the minivan and searched for a mint.


Laura Bennett's blog is here.


margery said...

Subtle, and nice tension especially at the end. Good luck to Mother!

Alison said...

I love the crashing! Beautifully written.

Patience_Crabstick said...

Wow! Love it!

Joe said...

Great depth of description and I agree with you, time for a change. Let's make it great in 2008!

julie said...

wow, very nice.

Laura said...

Thank you all! I need to point out that it should be a SILVER minivan though :lol: Sorry for the typo.

Linda said...

The secrets we make to hide our addictions: the empty bottles, the covert containers, the ubiquitous mints, the lies we tell ourselves that tomorrow we'll change. Powerful 6S... Peace, Linda

Ken and Nan said...

Laura, you brought those six sentences to life. Awesome! ~Nan

Ian said...

Very nice - I liked the little subtle details, like the mention of baby blankets.

Anonymom said...

Excellent!!!! I'm so glad Motherhood Monday was able to spark this story in you.

Kevin Michaels said...

There's strength in the subtlty of your words and great descriptions. Very well written and six very strong sentences.

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