Mother's Medicine
Chapter 1, page 3


Beery Good Medicine
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Sound score created with eJay Techno 4 software and Gilbert and Sullivan's
1887 supernatural opera
Ruddigore;or The Witch's Curse,
recorded by
the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1931.

    With Dorothy's garden bounty to make bland stews interesting, there was just enough money for beer. They had needed five cases plus two six-packs a week, less now that Rebecca was gone Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Dorothy would not drink alone. The old-brand American beer cost Dorothy and Rebecca over two hundred dollars per month.  They drove behind Rainy's early Sunday morning, when most Bears River residents attended church services. Mr. Rainy, with few words and a tip of his trucker's cap, loaded up the back of their sedan.
   Dorothy stored the beer in the stone root cellar at their creek's edge. The bubbly, bitter amber was served in tall glasses and doled out as regularly as medicine.  It was Dorothy's belief that beer, along with earthy garden greens, home-baked goods, small portions of meat and a daily antihistamine or tranquilizer, would be the cure for what ailed her daughter, and was certainly the sustenance she herself needed to survive through a long widowhood.

The Beer Poll
Do you think Rebecca and Dorothy drink too much?

Yes. Sign them up for AA!
No. Hops are good for women.
Add some whiskey to the mix!
Maybe. The nightly sleeping pill is a warning sign.


So far,42 Readers have responded to this poll.

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