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Look Who’s Talking

WWG prompt: Call The Kettle Black

Look Who’s Talking

By Kate Chamberlin

March 13, 2016

 

Mommy,” Melissa said, her shining face full of youth and joyous expectation. “I’m pregnant.”

“What!” her mother darkly hissed. “You’re what?”

“Mommy, you’re going to be a grandmother, just like Mimi” Melissa said with warmth in her voice.

“You little slut,” her mother spat out. “You’re only 19. Whatever were you thinking?”

“Mom….”

“So, just who do you think the father is?” her mother threw at her. “How do you think you’re going to support you and the baby when he booggies on out of your life?”

“But, Mom,…”

“Is the sperm provider that bloke in the tight jeans and pink shirt?” her mother cut her off. “He’s just a wiper at the sleazy car wash joint.”

“But, Mom,…”

“How dare you embarrass our family by getting preggers without a husband,” her mother loudly railed. “You’re barely out of high school and no job.”

“Mother, you were 19 and unmarried with no job when you had me.”

Thus, when the pot accuses the kettle of being black, it is the pot’s own sooty reflection that it sees.