“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

He thinks we done him in!

“So, how’s Tom?” asked Frances.
“Oh, worse than ever!” It was Aunt Flo. Perfect timing. She smiled at us with some satisfaction. Pam went over to help her onto the patio. The welcome change of subject always raised eyebrows from Pam and caustic remarks from Flo. Although Frances had never met my diminutive uncle, she felt as if she knew Flo’s husband, a thorn in his eldest daughter’s side but long a tickle stick in mine.
“Tell them, Pam!” Flo could not wait to reach us. “You wouldn’t credit it, Denis!”
“He thinks we’re trying to poison him,” said Pam, with weary indifference.
Flo sat down carefully, straightening her dress. She sighed with a smile and went on, “I’d do a much better job of it, if I wanted to poison him!” Flo laughed with mocking disdain.


Cheryl said...

I really enjoy reading your little snippets of life. You convey character really well and it always makes me want to read more.Is there a book in the works?

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Thank you Cheryl! I love hearing that! Yes, there is a book in the works (and what an experience that's been!) -- don't want to jinx anything, but may have some news about that soon!