toad-n-the-hole…

is mom in the backroom….

no pop…

funny…I could’ve swore I heard her back there…messin’ ’round like she always does…foldin’ clothes…listenin’ to Neil Diamond or somethin’ or other…

no dad…she’s not back there…

huh…smelled her too…that lotion she wears…Jergens…

yea…

always putin’ on lotion…never gets enough of that stuff…puts it on her arms and legs and face too…I’ve grown used to it…

well…yea…could see that…

thought I saw her this morning in the kitchen frying eggs and bacon…toad-n-the-holes…

toad-n-the-holes…i ‘member those from bein’ a kid…gotta’ use white bread for ’em…

yea…well she made ’em this mornin for me…the yolk was hard and the little circle she cut-out was soft…just the way I like it…

dad…she…

you sure she’s not back there in the bedroom…I heard her singin’ along to Dionne Warwick…singin’ Do You Know The Way To San Jose…real pretty-like…

you heard her huh…

didn’t you…

no pop…

maybe ‘fore you got here…she was singin’ up a storm…”I’m goin’ back to find… some peace of mind in San Jose…”

so she was singin’ huh…

oh yea…always singin’…go back there an’ knock on the door an’ tell her I’m ready to go…

can’t do that dad…

why…

’cause…

awe hell I’ll do it myself….

dad…

just knock on the door an’ tell her it’s time to go….

pop…

Kay…Kay….

dad…she’s not…

Kay…Kay…why won’t she answer me…

she’s gone dad…she’s gone…

oh yeah…

yeah…

where’d she go…

don’t know pop…don’t know…

you don’t know…

no…don’t know…

“do you know the way to San Jose….I’m goin’ back to find…”

Do You KnowThe Way To San Jose, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

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