THE DICHOTOMIST: Lecture 8 “Conclusion” (part 2)

Conclusion of Lectures  (Part2)

It was not long before my father, the psychoanalyst, would take me into the garage simply to throw a bolt at me. He would keep, nearby, a lined notebook. In this book he would make notes on my reaction to getting hit by the bolt. This occurred more frequently as the days and months went by.

One day my mother found the notebook and read it.

When my father got home from the university she confronted him about it. I should be quick to say that it was really not a confrontation but more of a confab. Mother and Father discussed the notebook in hushed tones. She had folded the corners of some pages and turned to those as they spoke.

It must have been an emotionally exhausting effort because they claimed that they were tired and were going upstairs to take a nap.

Dad’s mother fixed me a sandwich. We could both hear the strange noises coming from upstairs but we ate our sandwiches in silence. Dad’s mother would occasionally glance my way with a weird smile. I never acknowledged that I saw her doing it.

My mother’s computer time and chat room visits dropped off drastically after that. My father would occasionally take me into the garage and make new notes in his book after throwing a few bolts at me.

My father’s mother and my mother would read his garage notebook together when he was at the university. It would make them tired also. Together they would also go take a nap.


About Waldo "Wally" Tomosky

I am proud of my work life (not the jobs, just the work).  Bait monger  Lawn mower  Paper boy  Windshield cleaner in a drive-in theater (if you don't know what a drive-in theater is there is no sense in you reading any farther)  Snack shack janitor in a drive in theater (ditto for drive-in theater)  Milling machine clean-up boy in a tool and die shop  Plastic injection press operator  Centurion in the US Army  Factory hand  Apprentice boy  Tool and die maker  Software user manual writer  Computer programmer  Ex-patriate par excellence  Engineering manager  Software test manager  Retiree  University administrator  System analyst  Retiree (2nd try)  Licensed amateur paleontologist  Retiree (3rd try)  Shovel bum (archaeology)  Retiree (4th try)  Delivery driver  Retiree (5th try)  Graduate student (skipped AA and BA due to the level of difficulty)  Retiree (finally got the drift of it) I have been writing for fourteen years and have fifteen books on Amazon/Kindle. Some horror, some twisted, some experimental, some essay and a few historical. I think that now I will really, really, really retire and just write. Lets see if I can do retirement correctly this time!
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