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by Dave Hicks
Take care of the cat. Dont forget to feed the poor thing once in a while and change the litter tray (at least once ever six months) if thats not too much trouble. Try picking out the dry lumps of shit, before the neighbors dog eats them. Wash your hands afterwards - with soap. And while youre at it, you could try to remember to take the garbage out. Before it goes out the door under its own steam, looking for something to mate with.
Which reminds me - when was the last time you eat off a clean plate? It seems to me, those were the very same dirty plates you had in the sink on my previous visit three months before. I recognize the Amtrak logo on them. Admittedly, they did look a little cleaner, but Im sure thats because the cockroaches have been living off them. Im not trying to nag you, but youve got to start trying to live like a more normal human being. If thats possible. Its time you dragged yourself out of the sewer and into the gutter.
Im sure youre your father and I didnt raise you to be a slob - sitting in front of the TV for the rest of you life. It makes no difference that you havent paid your power bill for a year and the screen is blank. You always run the risk of your body bonding to the chair and having to go to the hospital to get it surgically removed. Youre going to look very silly in the Casualty Department with a lounge chair stuck to you - arent you? And everyone knows, if you dont walk (at least once in a while) the muscles will shrivel up, get gangrene and your legs will eventually fall off. If you do ever find enough energy to walk again, remember to stand up straight and dont slouch. Slouching causes permanent curvature of the spine in later life - like old Granny Thompson next door used to have - before she passed away. I sometimes wonder to myself, how they ever got her to lie flat in the coffin.
And - was that the same tee shirt you wore the last time I saw you? The stains down the front certainly looked the same. Buy another one. You do remember where they sell them - dont you? Try to remember to wear underpants. When they get skid marks in them, that means its time to change them. It also means youre not taking the time to wipe your bottom properly.
And change the sheets on the bed. Im sure they werent that color when I gave them to you. Dont even bother about washing them - theyd never survive the ordeal. While youre at it - youd better burn the whole bed and get a new one. Dont give me some sad story about how you cant afford it. With the amount of wildlife you have living in that awful mattress of yours, its already costing you a packet just to feed them, as it is. Please remember to brush your teeth. Green teeth are not sexy and most nice women find it a turn-off. I dont want to hear again, how toothpaste is so expensive. I already know that. We all know that, already. And comb that rats nest you call your hair. Buy a comb. Take time out to learn the basic skills required to use one. Better still - get a hair cut. Remember to warn the barber, you havent had it cut since you came out of the navy. Who knows, he might even find that old cap youve spent years looking for, hiding in there somewhere. Id hate to think what else might be in there as well. Mice, I wouldnt be surprised.
It wouldnt hurt to give your nails a bit of trim. Im told, the neighbors children call you Claw Man. Im sure theyre not trying to upset you. They think it looks really cool. But you know what young children are like, when it comes to all things disgusting. I can remember your own fascination for playing in drains, when you were their age. One time, you sat for hours under the kitchen sink, sucking on the leaking sink U bend pipe - until we got a plumber in to fix it. It took weeks before you finally stopped complaining about that.
Remember to write me, once in a while. Sharpen the crayon before you start next time - that way youll get more on the page. Please dont cut yourself with the knife. Try to use a blank page. Ill send the court order you used the last time, back to you. Hopefully, the judge will choose to ignore the drawings on it. You dont have to try and use any big words, when you write to me. The stick figures in your last letter were just fine. I imagine the thing hanging from the ceiling fan was the cat - it wouldnt surprise me anymore if it was. What was the meaning of the fist coming through the door. Had you forgotten to pay your drug bill again?
You said you were contemplating having a sex change from being a male. What gender were you thinking of changing to? Do you know a psychiatrist you can talk to about it? Ive discussed it with your father and he feels; anything would have to be an improvement - no matter what you do. Just as long as you dont expect him to pay for it. I can still remember the time when you pawned all his power tools to buy drugs and your father threatened to sex change you - for free.
Try to remember what your father said to you, when you left home the first time. He didnt mean, you could never come back home. What he really meant was; you couldnt come back - while he still lived with me. I dont really think becoming a woman will change his mind - somehow.
Always remember to say your prayers at night, before you fall into a drunken stupor. Its very important to talk to God. Sometimes Hes the only friend you have in the world. I happen to know, God isnt really impressed with you at the moment, but rest assured, he does still love you. Thats why hes God and thats why no one else wants his job. He must be able to see something in you, your father and I never could.
As always, your long-suffering Mother.
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