“Have you seen Pumpkin today?” I ask my daughter.
I hadn’t seen him in over 24 hours. He usually doesn’t wander away from his bongs this long and I was getting concerned.
“No, he was gone before I left this morning at 9:00am,” she replies.
Now I am really concerned. He never gets up that early. I don’t see him the rest of that day either.
I get up and there is still no Pumpkin. I text, call, facetime and IM him. Nothing. I IM two of his friends. One doesn’t respond, the other says he hasn’t seen him. I begin to worry he doesn’t know my number and can’t call me for bail.
Day 2 ½
He comes strolling in early evening. “Where the hell have you been?” I ask, loudly.
“I met a girl. You’re gonna meet her really soon,” he says.
His smile is so happy and sweet I decide not to grill him about her just yet. I would only get the happy afterglow of new sex version anyway, so what’s the point?
“So yeah, I think you are going to like her. She’s crazy like you, she makes her own Windex,” he says out of the blue.
I nod and don’t say anything. “She has a kid, he’s great. She’s a single mom, she does everything. You should see it,” he continues. Oh, you mean that thing I did for you for 18 years? Yeah, I’ve seen it, it’s fucking awesome.
“She’s a little older than me, she’s 23, and she’s divorced. But, they are real cool, ‘cause you know, the kid.” This just gets better and better, I think to myself.
“I think want I to have a kid with her, too,” he continues.
“Are you crazy? You don’t even know her. You’re temps are suspended for fuck’s sake. Who gets their temps suspended?? You net worth is negative. Literally, NEGATIVE.”
“No, it’s cool. Even if we break up it would work out. She’s like the human I want a kid with.”
“18 years, 18 years you gotta deal with a baby momma! What the fuck? You don’t know her!”
“I see how she is with her kid’s dad. They are divorced and they get along. I think it would be ok. They get along really well.”
“You are going to find this out anyway, so I might as well tell you,” he begins. I wait for the bombshell revelation. “She gets naked for her job,” he says.
“That’s fine, you know I don’t have any problem with sex workers as long as it’s their own choice,” I say.
“I want her to quit. My boss saw my girlfriend naked and that ain’t cool.”
“You can’t do that. You can’t tell someone they have to quit their job. If she wants to strip, she should strip. She has a kid to support, you have no right,” I say.
“She’s not a stripper. She gets naked on the internet and people pay to look at her.”
“Ok, well whatever. She’s making money from home, good for her. But, you can’t mess with her pocket,” I continue.
“No, she goes to this place to do it. It’s like a studio. But, she takes Adderall while she works. She has to talk to the people on the computer and it gives her more energy to be, ya know, upbeat. I don’t like that. You shouldn’t have to get high to do your job.”
“Adderall? You know that stuff is evil. With your drug history, do you think it’s a good idea for you to be around it?” I ask, with my heart pounding. Even to an extremely liberal mom, this is starting to become worrisome.
“I won’t take it. Don’t worry, this is good. You will like her.”
“I told you she was crazy, I had to carry her out of the 7-11 today,” Pumpkin says.
“Why?” I ask, truly interested.
“The clerk never carded her before and they did today. Neither of us had an ID, but that’s not the point. She thinks he did it because I was with her and I’m black, she thinks it was racist. So, she started yelling and throwing the Skittles. I had to get her out of there.”
I say nothing.
“Mom, I love you,” he says.
“What do you want?”
“I’ve been spending so much money getting to Chris’s house I wondered if she could just come and stay here with me tonight.”
“I have to check with your sister. You know her temper. She already had one of your girlfriends hiding in the basement because she wanted to beat their ass. Let me talk to her,” I answer.
Day 6 ½
“Ok, I talked to your sister, she won’t hurt her. Now, you cannot make noise and wake us up. You cannot leave her alone in our house. You are financially responsible for any shit that happens. She cannot live with us, this is a once and a while thing. Got it?”
I text my husband, “Good Morning.”
“Morning, was Pumpkin still up when you got up?” he texts back.
“No, did that girl come over?”
“Oh yeah, I had a 4:40 am adventure,” he says.
“What’s she like?”
“I don’t know. Pumpkin was up sitting in the living room, said he would introduce us, but she was naked as shit. Those are his words.”
“He told me it might sound crazy, but they are getting married.”
“You’re fucking with me.”
“Nope, I think his bong collection won her over. The guys on the line say they are taking the day off to go to the wedding.”
See? A whole new world can be made in seven days. I think I need to go to church.