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Monday, 5 March 2012

Is it Spicy? by J.R. Barrett

A short story, it really is, only takes about 15 minutes to read, but what a delightful way to spend 15 minutes of your time!

I suspect this story was probably more than a little autobiographical, just seemed that way, about a mothers relationship with her parents and particularly her own mother as they get older and more distant with infrequent visits and the criticisms that start, even before the arrival  for one of those infrequent visits...

The story describes a family visit to a local Thai restaurant and the conversation between the 'mothers' over the 'spicy' food.. I had a flashback to a restaurant in Germany where Ishbel and I took my mother, on her first ever visit to an other country back in the 70's.  It may well have been another planet as far as my mother was concerned, and I too was getting as frustrated as the author seemed to be with her mother in the Thai restaurant.

The thing is though, they are our mom's and for all their quirks we can't help loving them, while, with equal measure, we probably feel like strangling them, but only for a fleeting moment......  We want to get away from them and then we miss them...... love is but a fickle creature

This is a moving, well written little story and you won't laugh out loud, but it will make you smile and cringe as the parents, as I think we all do from time to time,  speak what we think, even at the most inopportune moments......

Well worth a read, available from Amazon Uk here or at Amazon US here

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read this one yet. It sounds intriguing and maybe a bit painful to read. Relationships w/ our mums are always spicy, right? :^)


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