Patty Cake and the Hollow Bread Man


Patty Cake and the Hollow Bread Man
Written by Mark Edgemon

She wore the pants in the family. He wore pants too, but not with the same connotation. She was the boss in the family. She was the queen bee and her husband and their children were drones to serve her will. She was a spend thrift and had to have a luxury car and home and clothes and jewelry and all she had to do to get it, was to nag her husband to death, while he went out and made the money to buy it…on credit!

Always on credit because they never at any one time had enough money to afford her whims, so the debts kept mounting. Since the children spent their childhood watching their mother’s antics, they were little prepared to face the responsibilities that life required of them and so when they were adults, they continued to be dependant on their parents and by dependant, I mean for money, which added more weight on their father.

The father went on medication to deal with the stress of an unloving wife and neverending needy children and by medication I mean whiskey. Eventually, everything caught up with Patty Cake as it always does. The father became mentally unable to work, due to the emotional strain and alcoholism, which he suffered from through the years and so she had to earn the living for the family.

As time passed, things no longer had the appeal they once did. She earned the living and he took care of the house and the children had to fend for themselves the best they could.

So, the children became needy adults, a constant drain on their parents, the mother became overworked with no hope of the finer things in life she once craved and the father…became bread.

Copyright © 2008 Mark Edgemon

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