Friday Fiction – Bobby looks back at his mama

Friday Fiction

Friday Fiction – Bobby looks back at his mama

Bobby looks back at his mama then scrambles down the other three steps and takes off
running across the courtyard. Seconds later poor Missus Keller starts chasing after Bobby; she’s
got his baby sister tucked under her arm.

By now the baby is screaming and the two-year-old terror is staying just out of reach,
laughing like it’s a big joke. Without realizing it, he runs toward me. I nab him and hold him
until his mother gets there.

In between yelling at Bobby and jiggling the crying baby, Mrs. Keller hands me two
quarters and says, “Thanks, Bette. I wish I had someone like you to keep an eye on him every
morning so I could get my housework done in peace.”

I can’t believe my ears. “You mean you’d pay a babysitter to watch him even if you’re at
home?”

“Um-hmm. The only problem is I can’t spare more than five dollars a week. I doubt a sitter
would take a job for such poor pay.” With that, she trots back across the courtyard, both kids in
tow.

I turn to Donna. “Did you hear that?”

“Yeah, so?”

“So?” I repeat. Now I am on the knowing end of the conversation. “If I could make five
bucks for every kid in this development, I’d be rich.” I start counting the number of porches with
kid toys.

“You’ll be babysitting all summer. You won’t have any time for fun.” Donna scrunches her
face into a look of disdain. “That’s nuts.”

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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