By William Kloefkorn
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It is the yawn56 ing chasm between mandate and encouragement. I am guessing that for my mother this chasm was frequently little more than a hairline ﬁssure. So my father, sufﬁciently bolstered, one day stopped working for others and started working for himself. He bought a service station, a ﬁlling station, and though it was the smallest station in town it nonetheless attracted a modest number of loyal customers, plus some strangers driving east or west along Highway 160, those who needed gas or oil and did not care to turn south and ﬁnd a different station at the far end of the main street.
True, my father at any moment might erupt, and the thought of delivering the lunch bucket into the hands of Virginia Mae, or her mother or father, was not too appealing. But these were surface concerns, very real but very transitory. What truly mattered was my knowing that Virginia Mae understood and would appreciate forever the motive behind the seizing and the tossing of the lunch bucket. In college my French professor, Dr. Minnie M. Miller, will one day label this motive demand d’amour, and I will nod my head knowingly, recalling Virginia Mae.
He would cross that bridge should one day he come to it. He might have thought, If I am going to break my infernal back with this infernal shovel at least I’ll know who’s to blame. And perhaps this thought gave him enough devilish pleasure to drive him on. He might have thought, as I did for a long time, that eventually Mother would see the futility of the project and call it off, tell him 25 she was wrong and now she is sorry and the old Warm Morning stove really isn’t all that bad, after all.
At Home on This Moveable Earth by William Kloefkorn