Great Lines

15 May

My father did many things, but he did not cheat.  Cheating required skills that Pop did not have, like the ability to whisper and make at least one good friend.  Pop didn’t have friends, which he believed were things meant for women and children, as were holidays and happiness–and cheating.  A real man didn’t need all that.  All a man needed was a gun and a woodstove and maybe, if things got bad, some Vicks VapoRub.  The man put it on everything: heads, chests, sore muscles, flank steak.  But he did not cheat.

Might I recommend buying the latest issue of Creative Nonfiction  That’s where you can find this delightful essay, titled “The Wishbone” by Harrison Scott Key.  The whole thing is as good as the opening.  I love it.  Can’t say it enough.  The whole issue is really strong…issue 48 if you are so inclined.


One Response to “Great Lines”

  1. Jenny May 22, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Totally just subscribed to it for the library. Thanks for the suggestion.

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