While daddy had a strong

      work-outside-the-home ethic

      sometimes two jobs

it was our stay-at-home-mom’s commitment

     I was most inspired by

     her raising seven kids   

     supper at five.


That summer in the late 80s

     maybe it was the need for more money

she got a job as city secretary

     in a small west Texas town, population 300.


When we went to the family reunion

& walked to the one-block downtown

into a small office

she sat at her desk


hands folded on top. 


Mom!  What are you doing?

She quit the next week.