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What Children Need

What Children Need

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Published by Nicholas Gordon
A Mother's Day story about a teen-aged girl who thinks that Mother's Day is a charade.
A Mother's Day story about a teen-aged girl who thinks that Mother's Day is a charade.

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Published by: Nicholas Gordon on May 20, 2009
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Nicholas Gordon
Copyright © 2008 by Nicholas GordonThis story may be used free for any personal or non-commercial purpose. For commercial use of this story,please contact the author at webmaster@poemsforfree.com.
On the morning of Mother's Day, Grace ranout to the Rite Aid and bought her mother a cheap,heart-shaped box of chocolates and a 99-cent card.That was all she could afford, having blownthe rest of her week's paycheck and tips on booze thenight before.Naturally, Grace's mother was delighted to beremembered. She gave her daughter a big hug and kissand told her how proud and happy she was to haveher as a daughter. As usual, Grace smiled and crawled into a littlehole somewhere inside her heart.The rest of Mother's Day was, as far as Grace was concerned, just as much a charade. Grace's fathergot her mother the perennial perfume and roses, at which her mother pretended to be delighted, and thenthey went out with about 500 other people to a packedMother's Day buffet at the Hilton, with long lines andlukewarm, overcooked food in a crowded dining roomthat sounded like a Boeing 747 landing in a tunnel.Then it was lunch at Grandma's about an hourafter finishing breakfast and dinner at Nana's a coupleof hours after that. While Grace ate little and said less,her mother chatted on happily the whole time, eatingeverything and oooohing and aaaahing about how delicious everything was. Of course she had cookedhalf the dishes herself, and then helped serve, clear,

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