Whistler writers include Stella Harvey, founder of the Vicious Circle, as well as members Stephen Vogler, Brandi Higgins, Lisa Richardson, Pam Barnsley, Rebecca Wood Barrett and Sara Leach. In anticipation of the gala, the Pique will print the stories (fiction and non-fiction) that will be read by the Whistler based writers during the gala.
Just Like You Mother
By Stella L. Harvey
January 15 th
My letters return unopened, Addressee Unknown . Emails bounce back. Your phone number has changed and the operator tells me it’s unlisted. Reminds me of grade 11 at St. Mark, back east when I broke my collarbone in football practice. The principal said they tried all the numbers they had for you, left messages with all your contacts. When you finally called, you told them you couldn’t get away. Instead, you wanted me to know you were thinking about me, assured them I was strong enough to handle it on my own. Anytime I came home–a couple of weeks in the summer, a week each at Christmas, Easter and sometimes Thanksgiving–you’d tell me, Mother is doing what she needs to do. Be strong for her. You were good at drilling a point and I was good at getting your point. The AA program is helping me understand some new points now. The first step assures me we are powerless and life is unmanageable.
Yes, that’s right, I’ve joined AA. Does this news come as a surprise? After all, it’s difficult to know what your son’s been up to when you’ve been out saving other people’s children.
No one knew, not even the guys at the office. They’ve never been able to figure out why I don’t drink. They think a client would never feel comfortable with a guy who couldn’t relax enough to have a drink. I used to want to interrupt, catch them off guard, say, I’m the president of this company. No one is supposed to be comfortable. But, I swallowed hard, ignored their comments, and continued to play the role they expected–good guy, a little boring, intense but likeable.