This week’s words: Absent Acerbic Nestle Numerous Behavior Deleterious Parched Particular Amass Muted Woebegone Maternal
“Mrs Best never rests.” My mother used to say each morning, as she’d be fussing about in the kitchen. She wasn’t a woman with overt maternal qualities as we observed she treated everyone to lashings of her acerbic tongue. Mrs Best went at it from morning till late at night.
There four kids whose muted personalities bore testament to her deleterious manner. Her husband was absent working away, and Mrs Best did her best, but not what we thought of as behaviour to benefit her children.
On Saturdays, the children were given two dollars each and sent off to the movies. They had strict orders as to their behaviour, and woebegone any of them misbehave, and word got back to her.
This allowed her an afternoon to herself. It was a time she used to reflect on the household and to address the numerous bills that seemed to amass on the sideboard.
Once dealt with she would nestle into her lounge and watch the Saturday afternoon movie, particularly if it was something old and sentimental.
This was a form of respite for us as well for as soon as the kids came home; hell resumed its normal duties.
One Monday morning I was home from school and observed mum and Mrs Best on the back veranda drinking tea. Mrs Best remarked that her throat was parched and I wondered if a little less yelling might be a way of easing that.