Monday, June 11, 2007

This is what she said

She said, “You fucked up. So what? So fucken what?”

That’s what my 70-year-old mother said to me last week on the morning after the night of the two monster martinis, the drinks which I hadn’t seen coming as I drove down the mountain to Los Angeles, nervous and excited as I was to see my high school friends after a 30-year separation. Didn’t see it coming because it was a beautiful, clear day in the basin, and because I’d just spent a week at a writing retreat where I rock and rolled my way through my writing and came away feeling whole and strong and trustworthy. And that first martini was excellent and by the second one I had forgotten that I hadn’t eaten, forgotten how strong a martini can be, forgotten that when you haven’t seen friends for 30 years and one of them has just finished telling you that her 25-year marriage might be over you don’t launch into the big talk about your open marriage and your lovers, no, you don’t do that. And I forgot that my mother was waiting for me back home a few miles away, had lit candles and opened a bottle of wine for the date we had made for the later part of the evening, the date she’d promised me because I’d asked for it, because I don’t live in her town, because I love her. Instead I came home a martini mess, and leaning against the door of her office, I slurred, “Drunk. Can’t talk. Bed.”

In the morning, sober and sorry because I had to leave town and say goodbye to my mother. Sober and ashamed because I had capped off an amazing week with a big drunk and had been insensitive, I thought, to my friend. Tired and hung over and wondering what in me had to keep maiming things, making things harder.

I came into her room to apologize, but she looked at me and she lifted my chin in her hands and she said,

“Honey, you fucked up. So what? So fucken what? The world doesn’t need anymore perfect people walking around, and the world doesn’t need anyone dragging a brick tied around their neck feeling guilty and ashamed either. Who the hell cares what you did? No one!”

That’s what my mother said.

11 comments:

divine turpitude said...

Yay, your mom!

Deezee said...

that is some fine parenting...

Martine E. said...

Me neither!

Kathryn said...

you mom sounds terrific

Dale said...

:-)

NoRegrets said...

A mother like that is worth her weight in gold.

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Tall Girl said...

Wish I could say that to my Mum.

Kathleen said...

deezee is right.

your mom rocks.

shara said...

Smart mom.

Anonymous said...

I'm completely crushing on your mom. And I love that all this was proferred as she lifted your chin. Fierce tenderness . . . dreamy.