First, I would like to thank Mike Casper for introducing Bob Rubin to our playground. They both attend a writers’ group in Encinitas, California, and it’s great to know we are the source of gossip!Welcome, Bob, and I do hope you will see our site as a place you can find an audience.
What many writers have difficulty with is distinguishing the difference between dram and melo-drama. Melodrama is forced emotion. Drama in its simplest form invites emotion. I read this three times, smiling after each read. See if you feel the same, and, why not invite your own friends to enter our contest? https://awordwithyoupress.com/2018/11/24/our-new-contest-high-heeled-sneakers/
Prompt “20. The shirt off my back”:
A Memorable Shirt
by Bob Rubin
I enjoy beautiful clothes and have sold them on more than one occasion. None of the department stores where I worked have survived. One story brings to mind a particular piece of clothing that caught my eye about sixty years ago. The story will endure till my dying day and perhaps even continue through this memoir.
I was a teenager in Miami, Florida shopping in a department store with my late mother. Mom was the kindest person I have ever known. Since a mother has power well beyond the norm to her children, I feel doubly blessed.
That day shopping reflected her brand of motherhood. I was standing, holding an off white, blue, pin-striped, short sleeved shirt. It was a beautiful piece of clothing. I admired it for a minute or so.
I said, “Mom, could I have this shirt?” She said, “It is so hard to tell you no.” Those eight words told me everything about how I was loved. Her beautiful eyes, her lovely voice and her warm heart clothed me with love for the rest of my life.