SPOKANE "When are you getting remarried and having a baby?" Emma demands. At 89, grammy's earned her bluntness. Still, I cringe.
"Not when. If."
"Well," she replies, all crafty. "I still have that big Lladro."
Clearly, the only hurdle between me and the Harlequin happy ending was the right motivation: a two-foot-high china figurine. Who knew?
"What if I have a baby out of wedlock?"
She chews this over. "Husband first, then child. Like Catholics do."
My aunt jumps in: "Can Amanda have the statue if she falls in love with a woman? Because, they couldn't legally marry, but they could still commit and start a family."
Emma shakes her head. Pained. I'm sure her cartoon thought-bubble would read, "why the gay always?"
I pat her shoulder. "You sure raised a bunch of liberals and hippies, eh?"
Matriarching ain't easy in the eclipse of the American dream... Then again, what is?