Too Busy for Life

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“That girl would slip through your fingers,” my mother said. “It’d be stupid of you.”
“And what makes you think so?” I asked her.
“Well, you know, she’s too patient with you, she understands you, and she’s caring. She’s the only one who’s persevered till this time despite your missing in action and disappearing acts,” mother told me.

“God, she loves you.”
“Absolutely,” I said. “And I would like to point out that our wedding plans are underway.”

“Underway? I don’t like that word. That’s what you said last time, before bolting to Somalia; and the last, before disappearing to God knows where.”
“Mom, don’t be so condescending.”
“Condescending? Me?” she seemed startled if not hurt. “I am your mother, and I need you to…”
“Marry.” I finished for her.
“Seems like you still remember.”
That got my father’s attention who had been playing fence-sitter all along.
“We want to see our grandchildren before we die,” he chimed in. “Look at your peers – Joseph, Peter and David – they all have grown kids.”
“Yeah, and that’s because I am too busy for such a life. Military ain’t the career for the family I want.”
“And what’s that?” asked my mother.
“I don’t want to be an absentee father and husband.”
“Cecilia understands this, and she loves you the way you are. Can’t you recognize gold when you
strike one?”
“Mom, I am too busy right now,” I said. “If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a plane to catch.”

Copyright ©Vincent de Paul, 2013.

Father’s Love

Growing up, my bedroom would be invaded by phantoms, battalions of my father’s doppelgangers that besieged the whole room and stood guard over me like a besieged city and platoons of my mother’s ghosts; I guess her soul had never rested in peace.

Released Today – Flashes of Vice: Vol II

The second book in the Flashes of Vice series, Flashes of Vice: Vol II has been released, today on CreateSpace, Amazon and Amazon Kindle. Flashes of Vice: Vol II   Authored by Vincent

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