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Mom Letters

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Mom Letters

    Mom Letters Covering 1999 in Chicago

A novel by

    Jack Brackitt

    Mom Letters

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Copyright ? 2003

    This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance between the characters in this book and real person(s), living or dead, is purely coincidental. Any resemblance to any place(s) and entity(ies) is purely coincidental. There is no real connection whatsoever at all.

    Copyright ? 2003 by the Richmond Heights, MO native whose character is Jack Brackitt. All Rights Reserved.

    No part of Mom Letters may be sold by anyone except the author. You agree to

    never be compensated for it in any way. If you do not agree with all this, stop reading Mom Letters now before reading any more.

    All copyrights and trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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    For Dad.

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Acknowledgements

    Thanking everyone would almost be a book in itself. It would fill many pages, and I would still miss a lot of people.

    So, if you have a question about who should be thanked for what, could you e-mail me at brackitt@yahoo.com. You‟ll receive a response, and – depending on the

    circumstances I‟ll probably put the answer up on the book‟s website: http://www.geocities.com/brackitt. My plan is to make the website a timely source of information about Mom Letters.

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Table of Contents

    COPYRIGHT ? 2003 ......................................................................................................... 2 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ..................................................................................................... 4 TABLE OF CONTENTS ....................................................................................................... 5 CHARACTER LIST BY CIRCLE ............................................................................................ 9 1. January............................................................................................................................................................................................. 10

    1.1 TIMELINE ................................................................................................................. 10 1.2 ANDY AT SIX MONTHS .............................................................................................. 11 1.3 NEW CAR STORY ...................................................................................................... 12 1.4 MORNING ................................................................................................................. 17 1.5 DREW BRACKITT PROFILE ........................................................................................ 19 1.6 MUSIC ...................................................................................................................... 22 1.7 SCANDINAVIAN FURNITURE SHOPPING ..................................................................... 24

    1.8 SUPERMARKET ......................................................................................................... 26 1.9 CHICAGO PROFILE: DIMENSIONS ............................................................................. 29

    2. February ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 34

    2.1 TIMELINE ................................................................................................................. 34 2.2 ANDY AT SEVEN MONTHS ......................................................................................... 36 2.3 GOODBYE TO THE FAMILY HOME .............................................................................. 37

    2.4 CLOTHES .................................................................................................................. 42 2.5 ANDYS DAY ............................................................................................................ 44 2.6 FOOD PREPARATION ................................................................................................. 46 2.7 DAY IN COURT .......................................................................................................... 49 2.8 TV ........................................................................................................................... 51

    3. March ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 59

    3.1 TIMELINE ................................................................................................................. 59 3.2 ANDY AT EIGHT MONTHS ......................................................................................... 60 3.3 CIRCLE UPDATE ........................................................................................................ 61 3.4 HYGIENE .................................................................................................................. 63 3.5 MOMS MARCH VISIT ............................................................................................... 65 3.6 CAR STORIES ............................................................................................................ 67 3.7 QUICK SHOP ............................................................................................................. 70 3.8 TOYS ........................................................................................................................ 73 4. April .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 75

    4.1 TIMELINE ................................................................................................................. 75 4.2 ANDY AT NINE MONTHS ........................................................................................... 76 4.3 CIRCLE UPDATE ........................................................................................................ 77 4.4 JIMMYS BIRTHDAY .................................................................................................. 78 4.5 JIMMY STORIES ......................................................................................................... 79 4.6 EASTER .................................................................................................................... 81 4.7 HOUSEWORK ............................................................................................................ 85 4.8 RYANS CAST ........................................................................................................... 86 4.9 SCHOOL .................................................................................................................... 88

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    4.10 ST. LOUIS PROFILE: LAND ..................................................................................... 91 5. May ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 96

    5.1 TIMELINE ................................................................................................................. 96 5.2 ANDY AT 10 MONTHS ............................................................................................... 99 5.3 CIRCLE UPDATE ...................................................................................................... 100 5.4 PARK ...................................................................................................................... 102 5.5 LANGUAGE ............................................................................................................. 106 5.6 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND .................................................................................... 107 5.7 HEALTH ................................................................................................................. 110 5.8 CHICAGO PROFILE: TONE ...................................................................................... 112 6. June ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 121

    6.1 TIMELINE ............................................................................................................... 121 6.2 ANDY AT 11 MONTHS ............................................................................................. 122 6.3 CIRCLE UPDATE ...................................................................................................... 123 6.4 AL BRACKITT PROFILE ........................................................................................... 124 6.5 FOOD ...................................................................................................................... 132 6.6 TRIP TO BOYSANGIRLS AMUSEMENT PARK ............................................................ 135

    6.7 MONEY .................................................................................................................. 138 6.8 TRIP TO STOUGHTON, WI ....................................................................................... 139 6.9 TECHNOLOGY ......................................................................................................... 142 6.10 TRIP TO LAKE ZURICH AND FREEPORT, IL ........................................................... 144

    7. July ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 147

    7.1 TIMELINE ............................................................................................................... 147 7.2 ANDY AT 12 MONTHS ............................................................................................. 149 7.3 CIRCLE UPDATE ...................................................................................................... 150 7.4 ANDYS BIRTHDAY ................................................................................................. 151 7.5 BIRTH OF ANDY ..................................................................................................... 152 7.6 DOUG BRACKITT PROFILE ...................................................................................... 158 7.7 SUMMER DAYS ....................................................................................................... 165 7.8 TRIP TO VIRTUACTION AMUSEMENT PARK ............................................................ 166

    7.9 CHICAGO PROFILE: THE LOOP ............................................................................... 168 7.10 RYANS FLIGHT TO GRANDMAS .......................................................................... 175 TH7.11 JULY 4 WEEKEND............................................................................................... 178 8. August ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 181

    8.1 TIMELINE ............................................................................................................... 181 8.2 ANDY AT 13 MONTHS ............................................................................................. 182 8.3 CIRCLE UPDATE ...................................................................................................... 183 8.4 TRIP TO ST. VALENTINES CASTLE ......................................................................... 184

    8.5 COMPUTER ............................................................................................................. 186 8.6 CHAMPAIGN WEDDING ........................................................................................... 187 8.7 GAMES ................................................................................................................... 190 8.8 MOMS AUGUST VISIT ............................................................................................ 193 8.9 READING ................................................................................................................ 195 8.10 ST. LOUIS PROFILE: LIVING ................................................................................. 196 8.11 GRIMBO BRACKITT PROFILE ................................................................................. 201 9. September ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 204

    9.1 TIMELINE ............................................................................................................... 204

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    9.2 ANDY AT 14 MONTHS ............................................................................................. 205 9.3 CIRCLE UPDATE ...................................................................................................... 206 9.4 KARENS BIRTHDAY ............................................................................................... 207 9.5 KAREN STORIES ...................................................................................................... 208 9.6 TRIP TO VEITH ISLAND, MI .................................................................................... 209 9.7 VEITH ISLAND TOUR............................................................................................... 215 9.8 CORRESPONDENCE WITH SCOTT RUSH ................................................................... 219

    9.9 TRIPS TO INDIANAPOLIS AND GALENA ................................................................... 222

    9.10 TELEPHONE .......................................................................................................... 227 9.11 CHICAGO PROFILE: READ L ABOUT IT.................................................................. 230

    10. October......................................................................................................................................................................................... 234

    10.1 TIMELINE ............................................................................................................. 234 10.2 ANDY AT 15 MONTHS ........................................................................................... 235 10.3 CIRCLE UPDATE .................................................................................................... 236 10.4 RYANS BIRTHDAY ............................................................................................... 237 10.5 RYAN STORIES ...................................................................................................... 238 10.6 MOM PROFILE ...................................................................................................... 241 10.7 DRINK .................................................................................................................. 247 10.8 HALLOWEEN ........................................................................................................ 248 10.9 WRESTLING .......................................................................................................... 250 10.10 MEMORIES ......................................................................................................... 252 10.11 CHICAGO PROFILE: STRUCTURES ....................................................................... 255

    11. November ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 262

    11.1 TIMELINE ............................................................................................................. 262 11.2 ANDY AT 16 MONTHS ........................................................................................... 263 11.3 CIRCLE UPDATE .................................................................................................... 264 11.4 SAM BRACKITT PROFILE ....................................................................................... 265 11.5 BAPTISM .............................................................................................................. 272 11.6 HOUSE .................................................................................................................. 276 11.7 THANKSGIVING .................................................................................................... 278 11.8 VCR..................................................................................................................... 280 11.9 TRIP TO ORLANDO ............................................................................................... 282 11.10 RESTAURANT ..................................................................................................... 287 11.11 DAD PROFILE ...................................................................................................... 292 12. December ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 299

    12.1 TIMELINE ............................................................................................................. 299 12.2 ANDY AT 17 MONTHS ........................................................................................... 300 12.3 CIRCLE UPDATE .................................................................................................... 301 12.4 CHRISTMAS STORIES ............................................................................................ 302 12.5 CHICAGO PROFILE: FOOD .................................................................................... 306 12.6 FAMILY PHOTO ..................................................................................................... 310 12.7 BEDTIME .............................................................................................................. 312 12.8 NEW YEARS EVE ................................................................................................ 314 13. Afterwords ................................................................................................................................................................................... 316

    13.1 INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................... 316 13.2 WHO .................................................................................................................... 318

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    13.3 WHAT .................................................................................................................. 329 13.4 WHEN .................................................................................................................. 335 13.5 WHERE ................................................................................................................. 335 13.6 WHY .................................................................................................................... 336

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    Character list by circle

    The families are shown in age order, and the circles are in alphabetical order.

    Immediate family Gwen Martinez daycare provider Karen, b. 1961 wife/accountant Heather Johansen editor Jack, b. 1963 self/copywriter Henry Russell sales professional Grimbo, b. 1986 cat Jennifer Anderson sales professional Ryan, b. 1989 son Jessica Morgan bank professional Jimmy, b. 1994 son Joe Anderson CEO Andy, b. 1998 son Julie Clarke office administrator

     Kyle Edwards IT professional extended family Lee Kirby artist Mutte, b. 1883 great-grandmother Lou Morgan home contractor Grandma, b. 1901 grandmother/homemaker Maja Lorenzie school counselor Gram, b. 1903 grandmother/homemaker Marco Torez security officer Grandad, b. 1903 grandfather/bookkeeper Matt Benjamin IT professional Grandpa, b. 1911 grandfather/doctor Matthew Martinez supervisor Fritz Markley, b. 1929 father-in-law/locksmith Melanie Bricker office administrator Martha Markley, b. 1933 mother-in-law/special Michelle Jennings office administrator

    education instructor Nikos IT professional May-Jane Flick, b. 1938 godmother/principal Odin Martinez dog Neil Berensen, b. 1955 brother-in-law/IT professional Paul Lorenzie IT professional Irvin Nielsen, b. 1955 brother-in-law/doctor Rebecca Johnson doctor Madeline Nielsen, b. 1967 sister-in-law/nurse Roz Sandburg writer Peggy Brackitt, b. 1967 sister-in-law/nurse Sarah Popkin Marketing professional Sylvester Brackitt, b. 1991 bird Sari Fare tailor Eva Brackitt, b. 1998 niece Sebastian illustrator Ava Brackitt, b. 1999 niece Sid Fluornoy sales professional

     Tammy Lorenzie playmate with Ryan original family Taylor Johansen playmate with Jimmy Dad, b. 1934 father/IT professional Terrence Johansen supervisor Mom, b. 1936 mother/writer Tommy Morgan Playmate with Jimmy Al, b. 1959 brother/lawyer Valentina entertainment facilitator Drew, b. 1970 dog Warren Sandburg bank professional Sam, b. 1960 brother/artist Windy dog therapist Doug, b. 1962 brother/lawyer Wyatt Sandburg playmate with Jimmy

    Chicago circle St. Louis circle Angela Freeman researcher Cleveland Como sales professional Brian Love lawyer Bert Dunne lawyer Carl Freeman English instructor Frank Dinty IT professional Chaim Popkin lawyer Jeff Larson IT professional Chloe Goodfriend art instructor Larry Lawrence meteorologist Chris graphic designer Louis artist David Daniels illustrator Luke Westerhold delivery administrator Dorothy P. Woods writer Russ Orvis entrepreneur Elizabeth Fluornoy IT professional Scott Rush editor Emily Freeman playmate with Jimmy Tim Campbell sales professional Evan artist

    Guy Kitterman classical musician

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    1. January

    1.1 Timeline

    In Mom Letters, the first part of every “month chapter” is devoted to the timeline

     some events that actually happened in the month.

    OK why isn’t everything that happened in January in the January chapter? Because this book is weird! Since a lot of Brackitt family activities aren’t time-

    related, they’re lumped together by topic. This will all become clearer as you go along…maybe.

    Now, here are three notes I need to squeeze in before you get started.

    1. A lot about the book is explained in the “Afterwords” section. You’ll find it after the December chapter.

    2. We live on the north side of Chicago. My Mom and original family reside in St. Louis, and all that gets explained in a February section called “Goodbye to the family home.”

    3. I’m 35 years old. My wife, Karen, is 37 (she doesn’t mind me saying so), and we have three sons. In this January 1999 month, Ryan is 10, Jimmy is five, and Andy is five months old. This makes for a great game of Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Dear Mom,

    Last night we had a big blizzard. Once it was over, I walked through 21.6" of snow and returned three videos.

    Karen: Did they clear the sidewalks south of us?

    Jack: I didn‟t have to walk that direction.

    Karen: Where‟d you drop off those videos?

    Jack: Uh oh. Did I go to the wrong place?

    Karen: Yes! Can you go back out? We don‟t want to get lost video charges.

    So, I tromped all over the neighborhood and straightened it out. The worst part: I couldn‟t think of anyone to blame.

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