Marjorie Ordene

When is Daddy Coming?

In the intimacy of babysitting Mom as she starts to fail, Ordene peeps into her parents’ relationship. 

I opened my front door and Dad brought Mom in, carefully unzipping her long down-filled coat and handing me her water bottle and a bag of disposable underwear. He reminded me when she would need to eat, drink and use the bathroom. Then he kissed her soft, wrinkled cheek, stroked her balding head, and drove off to attend his dental lecture.

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