Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Conversations with my mother

"You should have been a writer."

"Mom, I am a writer- I write articles for a library reference book and got a short story published."

"No- I mean a *writer*."

"What are you talking about? I write all the time. I've been trying to sell a novel and some of my stories."

"I mean you should be a writer for living."

"I love being a librarian. Besides, weren't you the one who always said that I should get a good job first and 'write on the side'?"

"I never said that."

"Yes, you did."

"No I didn't."

(Yes, she did.)

"You should be writing for television, or writing speeches for the President."

"I don't want to do either of those things. I like what I'm writing now. Besides, do you know how much a television writer makes?"

"How much?"

"Not a lot, I can tell you that."

"How much do you make with *your* writing?"

"Nothing. But I like my life, I like my job, and I like being able to write for both my career and my own pleasure."

Long pause...

"Well, I still think you should have been a writer."


Kipp said...

This is very good, Tom. I did not know your mother very well, but I remember that she wanted nothing but the best for her sons. It rings true of just about all mothers. It's concise and funny.
I will be reading more of your blog in the future.

Anonymous said...



To tell you I can relate would be an understatement.

Tom said...

Thanks to both of you! One treads a fine line when writing about family, but the older I get the more I feel capable of capturing the bittersweet along with the humor.