Robert Vaughan

Today my mother broke every dish in the house. The Lladro Three Wisemen were the first to go. I didn't mind, in fact, I even helped her trash those Asian figurines that loomed on the former glass shelf unit in our living room. She'd bought them when she took a Feng Shui extension program at the local college.
The whole thing took less than an hour, and when we'd finished, Mom said, "Fuck your father, let's get in the Explorer and drive to Florida."
My sister was starting to decoupage ashtrays out of ceramic plate fragments. "Don't do that, Frieda," I said. "You might cut yourself."
Before we reached the interstate, Frieda fell asleep. In the quiet twilight, I thought about the Wise men, broken dishes, shards of rubbish. Just before leaving the house, I'd snatched a Fu Dog head, stuffed it in my coat pocket for protection. Now I rubbed its head, feeling the jagged edges at its neck where it broke.
I glanced sideways at Mom, but she stared straight ahead, jaw clenched. I wanted to ask if we would ever come back, but I knew.