I have not been home since I moved so today was the day. I had it planned in advance and made the trip, making a point to visit Granny and my brother before my parents.
Mama made an early dinner. She had made my favorites. Just as I was feeling loved, she turned to me and said, "Fran, I know the only reason you came home is because your grandmother is leaving."
Dad, upon hearing this, spit out his coffee but said nothing.
"Why would you say that, Mama."
"Because I know you. You've always loved her grandmother more than me. Once she leaves you'll probably never come back."
Dad pushed his plate back, stood and left the room. Did he sense an argument coming?
"What do you mean?"
"You've always preferred her company, spending time with her, having conversation."
"Are you jealous, Mama?"
At that moment, Mama burst into tears, full blown, sobbing tears. She was breathing heavily. "I'm very jealous. You're my daughter, not hers," she somehow managed to say.
For a minute or two I stood here dumbfounded. What was a I supposed to say or do? I grabbed my napkin and ran over to her side, threw my arm around her and wiped her nose.
"There, there, Mama, I really do love you."