Thurs­day (A Grand To­tal)

Canadian Art - - Contents - by Damian Rogers

My fa­ther re­cently gave me a box of things he’d saved from my par­ents’ brief time to­gether. It in­cluded a pas­sion­ate, delu­sional love let­ter my mother wrote to him when she was preg­nant with me, though she doesn’t tell him that. She is des­per­ately try­ing to con­vince him to come back to her and this poem dis­tills her hopes for her new job at a de­part­ment store. This il­lus­tra­tion is from the inside cover of my mother’s Win­nie-the-pooh, a book she had in­scribed to my fa­ther and then taken back when they split up, later blot­ting out her ded­i­ca­tion with one of my crayons.

I get paid in two weeks so I can send you money I ar­ranged trans­porta­tion for a cou­ple dol­lars a month I’ve lim­ited my­self to 25 cents a day (cof­fee) Ex­cept for one day a week 45 cents

It will cost me $9.86 to work a month I will spend a grand to­tal of $32 a month for store items Cloth­ing I’m too fat and tall for mine Stock­ings makeup per­fume shoes Gifts (for you dar­ling)

$41.86 a month on doc­tors den­tists and you dar­ling $375 in three months $725 in six months I could pay for us both to go to Europe aren’t I aw­fully clever for be­ing so dumb

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