“I want you to show me why this isn’t enough.”
They’ve been in the kitchen for a long time. Two cartoons worth at least. Mommy’s voice had that funny little wiggle in it that meant she was about to ugly cry again. She does that a lot now.
Mommy bought the pretty paper last week. She said she was going to put it on the walls in the kitchen. I was surprised when Daddy showed up to help. I think Mommy was surprised too, but kinda happy, at first. Daddy hasn’t been home much lately. That makes Mommy ugly cry too.
It started out okay. They didn’t really talk much, but they were using their nice words… ‘thank you” and “please.” Then Daddy got mad because Mommy wasn’t doing something right, and he kept telling her that it was all wrong.
I thought the paper looked really pretty, but he said it was all crooked or that Mommy needed to use more glue. He said a bunch more things that didn’t make sense too, and I could tell Mommy was getting upset. She scrunches up her face funny when she’s sad.
Mommy started crying and Daddy started yelling. I was scared. They were talking about stuff I didn’t understand.
Daddy was slamming the rolls of paper around and Mommy was trying to make him be quiet.
I just couldn’t stand it any more, I walked into the kitchen, afraid to say anything, but afraid not to.
“Stop it! You two sound like you hate each other!” I was crying hard, that hiccupy crying that you can’t stop no matter how much you try.
Daddy took a step towards me, his face all screwed up and red. I’ve never seen him that mad before.
“You, shut up!” He had raised a paint brush, still dripping with white goo.
Mommy stepped between us, her back to me. Looking over her shoulder she shooed me back into the living room.
“I want you to show me why this isn’t enough,” she said. She was facing Daddy and was almost too quiet for me to hear.
I may only be six, but I don’t think they’re talking about the kitchen any more. I want to know why we’re not enough for Daddy too.
For the IndieInk Writing Challenge this week, femmefauxpas challenged me with “I want you to show me why this isn’t enough.” and I challenged Michael with “‘Rhode Island is neither a road nor an island… discuss’ Mike Myers in SNL skit ‘Coffee Talk with Linda Richman’”