she said...

"dummy-up," she said

the first time i ever heard that term
i was young
maybe in the car
spoken by my mother

"what does that mean?"

"make like a dummy," she replied

i remember thinking of edgar bergen
and his friend
Charlie McCarthy

she want's me to stop talking

not so long ago this very same
"dummy-up" hopped out of my mouth

i was standing at the kitchen sink
my back to the target
directed at my adored brother
it just hopped

funny thing is...he knew exactly what i meant
and where i had heard it

i can never be sure
when my mother will show up



Relyn Lawson said…
I absolutely adore this post. LOVE IT! All the affection (and maybe touch of exasperation?)in it. I bet your Mom would, too.
Cath said…
I love this. Anyone with a mother can relate. We're never sure when she'll "show up!" Clever Cristie.
cristie said…
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Anonymous said…
this is really cute!

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