Bossy already posted this very photo today, right over there in the left column in her Poverty Party feature and sister mercy here’s a spoiler alert: It’s about lipstick.
While Bossy was taking this photo of her own hand, two things kept occurring to her. The first thing is how strange hands look when photographed.
The other thing that occurred to Bossy is a story Bossy’s mom tells, about a childhood friend Bossy’s mom had — a friend whose mother was an alcoholic. And whenever Bossy’s mom and this friend would go to the friend’s house after school, her drunk mother would be sprawled out on the sofa in a dark room, arms outstretched to the ceiling, her hands rotating on their wrists, and half-crying the mother would repeat, “I could have been a hand model.”
I could have been a hand model. This is almost funny if it weren’t for the alcoholic part, and the dark room part, and how creeped-out Bossy’s mom was standing there. Shiver.
The moms of Bossy’s childhood friends weren’t nearly as interesting. One mom talked like a baby despite a high-profile career. One mom would shout for her daughter to wash her face with distilled water. And one mom never wiped down any of the surfaces in her house despite the fact she had five young kids, so Bossy couldn’t even place a glass of Tang down on a TV tray without it getting stuck in a pile of yesterday’s grape jelly, and you would never believe the degree to which this made young Bossy vow to never have kids but always have sponges.
Bossy can sum up her friends’ moms in this way: They were vaguely neglectful. Then again it was the 1800s.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you share a few stories about your childhood friends’ parents?
And be sure to check back later today for the parentest of all the friends’ stories on the web.
If you missed last week’s challenge, click here to read how Bossy’s council would place their breakfast order if Bossy were a short-order cook. Sure, it may sound like a stretch of an idea, but trust Bossy: you’ll want to read 130 of the most delicious sounding breakfasts imaginable.