Passing through Perfect – Friday Fiction

In early October Isaac’s first-day-of-school picture was developed and
Delia wrote to her mama.

“I’m so proud of my little man,” she wrote. “I’d give anything in the
world if you could see him.” She told how Isaac already knew his letters
and numbers but said nothing about the makeshift school he attended.
“If you could slip away from Daddy and meet me in town,” she
suggested, “we could have lunch and you could get to know this fine little
grandson of yours.” She went on to say Benjamin would drive them to
Twin Pines and then do errands while they were having lunch. At the end
of the letter she wrote, “Please say yes, Mama.” Delia slid the school
picture into the envelope and sealed it.

Passing through Perfect – Friday Fiction

It wasn’t unusual for a week or two to go by before a letter was
answered, but when it became a whole month Delia started to worry.

“Maybe I shouldn’t have asked Mama to come for lunch,” she said.
“Maybe I should’ve left well enough alone.”

“Inviting your mama to lunch ain’t a bad thing,” Benjamin said.
“Could be she’s just been busy. Give it time.”

Another week passed and there was still no answer, so Delia sat down
and wrote a second letter.

“I’m sorry if my asking you to lunch put you in a bad spot,” she wrote.
“I’d be willing to just forget about that. Please write me back soon.”
The days dragged as Delia watched and waited for an answer. After
two weeks she began to believe none was coming. Trying to make amends
for whatever wrong she’d done, she started sending a new letter almost
every day. In one she begged for forgiveness, in another she promised to
never again suggest meeting, and in one she even apologized for her sloppy
handwriting. Still there was no response.

Delia’s garden became overgrown with weeds and tomatoes waiting to
be picked; still she did nothing but pace the floor cursing herself for
alienating her mama as well as her daddy. “Why’d I do it?” she’d sob.


On the day that marked the second month without a letter, Benjamin
came in from the field to find her red-eyed and weepy.
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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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