Looking for a Mother's Day story I Googled "Short Story" and "Mother" and found "Mother" by Owen Wister, the so-called "father of Western fiction." "Mother," however, is not a tale set in the wild west.
Richard Field and his wife Ethel are guests at a house party. As it is a party of mostly writer-types, each guest is expected to take a turn telling a story. Richard has been instructed to make his true and to make it about himself and an innocent girl as the respective hero and heroine.
There's an air of mystery and tense foreboding at first as Ethel wonders what the story will be. Richard will not tell her, however they come to an agreement that should Richard's tale embarrass her, Ethel may tell one of her own.
I enjoyed all this lead up but unfortunately the mood Wister so carefully established went by the wayside when the tale became one of business; buying and selling stocks, in particular. Perhaps some readers would be intrigued by this, but whenever talk turns to money and investing, my brain shuts down entirely. It's not a good thing and will probably result in my working into my late 80s, but I just couldn't invest my interest in Wister's story. Get it? Invest? Interest? Okay, so I'm bored. Oh and it had as almost as much to do with mothers as this post.
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