Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Family Ties...Or Should I Say Nooses?
--Violet Armstrong, from Gayle Trent’s Murder Takes the Cake
Do your family members drive you up the wall? Mine do! Oh, I don’t mean my precious twins, Leslie and Lucas, or my wonderful husband. At least, not at the moment. Right now, I’m talking about my sister Daphne.
Thanksgiving is coming up, and I could really do without all the drama. I’m having Daphne and my parents over, and I’m dreading it. Daphne and Mom mix about like oil and water. Daphne is suspicious of everything Mom says, and she looks for hidden meanings behind every single word. Of course, Mom doesn’t make it any easier for Daphne. But Mom is old and set in her ways. I expect Daphne to take the high road.
You see, when Daphne divorced her husband Todd, Mom was pretty disapproving. Granted, Todd had taken a shot at Daphne…and I don’t mean a verbal shot—he actually took a gun and shot at her! He missed, thank goodness, and is now in prison, and I support Daphne a hundred percent in her decision to leave the slime ball. But Mom thought Daphne should give the guy another chance. To Mom, divorce is a last resort, they should’ve gone to counseling, Todd could’ve tried anger management, blah, blah, blah.
Again, Mom is old and set in her ways. I take what she says with a grain of salt and move on. If I don’t agree with something she says, I simply ignore it, you know? Not Daphne. She will stand at Mom’s graveside and argue with her as they lower the poor woman into the ground.
And now Daphne has uncovered a diary that has dredged up a dirty little secret. Mom’s dirty little secret. I keep telling Daph to leave the past in the past. That’s like telling a zebra that stripes are out this season—it doesn’t make one iota of a difference.
Do you dread your family get-togethers? Or do you actually look forward to them?