Friday, September 18, 2015

A Plum

"I've got a plum."

Are you at all claustrophobic?
Do you like small places?
I do.
I enjoyed my four years of dorm life. I found it greatly to my liking.
At home here I have a very small den, loaded with books and photos. It has a small TV that is just perfect to wall myself away with a late night baseball game on a warm July night or the Patriots on a frozen December Sunday. But to tell you the truth, I don't think I could ever  survive working at a place the size of PLUM. Could you? Way to tiny even for a guy who likes to get cozy. For a whole different reason the place haunts me though. I don't even like to read the word when I pass the structure.
"I've got a plum."These were Mom's words to me on a Christmas break home from college. Out of the blue she said, "I've got a plum." 
"What?", I said.
"I've got a plum." She repeated. 
I thought she was going crazy. With her 4 growing teens, it would have been easy to do.
"What are you talking about?" Was my refrain.
Any idea what she was up to?
Ever heard that expression?
Well, sad to say, she claimed she had caught my father in a mild indiscretion.
Is that a nice way to put it?
I had never heard that expression before.
I hope to never hear it again.
... a pin prick to the 'balloon of life' for me. 
Quite a plum...


  1. Interesting expression; not sure of its meaning, but I do understand this:

    William Carlos Williams, 1883 - 1963

    I have eaten
    the plums
    that were in
    the icebox

    and which
    you were probably
    for breakfast

    Forgive me
    they were delicious
    so sweet
    and so cold

    PS. Is the establishment Plum a coffee shop or what??

  2. I've heard that phrase before---it means you have a good story. Poor Mom--not the story she wanted.

  3. Even the door appears a tad narrow.

  4. Small City Scenes solved the mystery. I can understand why the word still disturbs you.

  5. I haven't heard this before either. Funny how that word stuck with you.

  6. I have never heard that expression before but I can relate to how the little shop makes you feel. Sometimes the simplest things can have a huge impact.

  7. Never heard the expression, and don't especially suffer from claustrophobia, but not sure I would want to work in the Plum building. Would like a bit more space.

  8. I have never heard that expression. Obviously an expression that you will remember forever.

  9. The story of you; early chapters


  10. Well there's a new expression for future use Birdman, merci beaucoup! I'm not just claustrophobic I'm out of control claustrophobic, even thinking about small spaces takes my breath away! Part of me, my nosey part, is wondering what Mom's 'plum' was !

  11. No not heard it. Heard of being in a pickle. I can see why that moment left its mark on your memory.