he did every time I had to track him down in

Erma’s death brought out Mom’s pious side. While we were waiting for the preacher, she took out her rosary and prayed for Erma’s soul, which she feared was in jeopardy since, as she saw it, Erma had committed suicide. She also tried to make us kiss Erma’s co cheap nike air max trainers rpse. We flat out refused, but Mom went up in front of the mourners, gen Cheap Nike Air Max 1 uflectedwitha grand sweep, and then kissed Erma’s cheek so vigorously that you could hear the puckering sound throughout the chapel.
I was sitting next to Dad. It was the first time in my life I’d ever seen him wearing a necktie, which he always called a noose. nike air max 90 His face was tight and closed, but I could tell he was distraught. More distraught than I’d ever seen him, which surprised me, because Erma had seemed to have some sort of an evil hold over Dad, and I thought he’d be relieved to be free of it.
As we walked home, Mom asked us kids if we had anything nice to say about Erma now that she had passed. We took a couple of steps in silence, then Lori said. „Ding- nike air max 1 dong, the witch is dead.“Brian and I started snickering. Dad wheeled around an nike air max d gave Lori such a cold, angry look that I thought he might wallop her cheap nike air max . „She was my mother, for nike air max classic God’s sake,“ he said. He glared at us. „You kids. You make me ashamed. Do you hear me? Ashamed!“He turned down the street to Junior’s bar. We all watched him go. „You’re ashamed of us?“ Lori called after him.
Dad just kept walking.
* * *Four days later, when Dad still hadn’t come home, Mom sent me to go find him. „Why do I always have to get Dad?“ I asked.
„Because he likes you the best,“ she said. „And he’ll come home if you tell him to.“The first step in tracking down Dad was going next door to the Freemans, who let us use their phone if we paid a dime, and calling Grandpa to ask if Dad was there. Grandpa said he had no idea where Dad was Cheap Air Max .
„When y’all gonna get your own telephone?“ Mr. Freeman asked after I hun cheap nike air max g up.
„Mom disapproves of telephones,“ I said as I placed the dime nike air max 95 on his coffee table. „She thinks they’re an impersonal means of communication.“My first stop, as always, was Junior’s. It was the fanciest bar in Welch, with a picture window, a grill that served hamburgers and french fries, and a pinball machine.
„Hey!“ one of the regulars called out when Nike Air Max I walked in. „It’s Rex’s little girl. How ya doin’, sweetheart?““I’m fine, thank you. Is my dad here?““Rex?“ He turned to the man next to him. „Where’s that old polecat Rex?““I seen him this morning at the Howdy House.““Honey, you look like you could use a rest,“ the bartender said. „Sit down and have a Coca-Cola on the house.““No, thank you. I’ve got kites to fly and fish to fry.“I went nike air max sale to the Howdy House, which was a notch below Junior’s. It was smaller and nike air max 90 sale darker, and the only food it served was pickled eggs. The bartender told me Dad had gone to the Pub, which was a notch below the Howdy House梐lmost pitch black, with a sticky bar top and no food at all. There he was, in the midst of a few other regulars, telling one of his air force stories.
When Dad saw me, he stopped talking and looked at me the way he did every time I had to track him down in a bar. It was always an awkward moment for us both. I didn’t want to be fetching him

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