Friday, September 16, 2005

Catalog number please




Owen married a beauty queen I'll call Lola Bell, both to protect her and because she's a southern belle. Besides, I like the sound of it. I'll just shorten that to Belle. Just 'cause.

Belle and Owen were students at a small college where Owen's dad had been the president until his untimely demise. He was highly regarded by all. The dad that is. Not Owen. Owen was kicked out of school there. Probably it took a long time to decide to kick him out because of the family name and all. Owen was given to drinkin' and gamblin'. Like that. His womanizing was okay because he was single.

Anyway, Owen was attracted to Belle's beauty and she was attracted to what she perceived as his potential. And to give the devil his due, he was tall and handsome. Owen went north and finished college and they got married. It was not a marriage made in heaven. Beauty fades and potential is not always realized. But they stayed married and had four children.

I'm not going to tell you the worst thing Owen ever did, which in my opinion was the night that their fourth child was born. That night Owen was staying with Belle's family in their huge house. He got out of his own bed, went into Belle's older sister's room, and got into her bed. Boys will be boys.

In case you're thinking that this is just the sister's story, it is not. Owen told Niks and me this himself. The sister got out of the bed and told him he was welcome to the BED, but she was not going to be in it. She went to another room. Probably locked the door. Either Owen didn't try that door, or he left that out of the story.

Good sister doesn't have the heart to tell Belle, which I think is natural and kind. The woman was in the hospital with her fourth baby for gosh sakes.

I'm not going to tell this part because I'm not so sure we have ever told our daughters about it. So, nobody tell it. Okay?

Okay. No need to go into any more stuff on both sides of this marriage.
I talk too darn much. Fast forward.

Owen has for many years been plotting leaving Belle. But then she has cancer and a mastectomy and he says he's leaving her. Now. Period. Niks and I say, "NO! You cannot do that NOW." Of course he does leave. Many things come out during the divorce hearing. Many ugly things about Owen and other women. The four grown children are in court and hear these things. Owen is literally so embarrassed that he leaves the court room. That guy. So sensitive... Remember, we get our information from Owen himself, so it could be worse. Probably was worse.

Couple of years later, his four children are not speaking to him. So he does what any man would do. Decides to have more children.

Enter catalog. Yep. Mail order bride from the Philippines.

I'll call her Sweetie, to protect the innocent and because she's sweet. Sweetie has given Owen three more children. All beautiful. None of this is her fault. I'm nice to her and her kids. Owen has noticed the difference in how I act when she's down here with him.

Sweetie is younger than his first four children, and my oldest child. Owen has grandchildren older than his second family of children.

I should just get over it, and if he weren't sitting in my kitchen right now talking on and on about this woman or that woman who had the nerve to get old, or get fat, or get wrinkles, and so on, maybe I could get over it.

Owen is 19 years older than I am. When I was young he actually made passes at me, which was disgusting. But now I'd be too old for him. Safe at last.

I'm wondering: did I ever mention that I don't like Owen? I don't want to go on and on about it.

So, if I've said before that I don't like him. Stop me. And I'll quit.

25 comments:

Minka said...

Oh my god. This guys sounds more and more like a total idiot. What he did to his wirfe is unforgivable...and to his children as well.
I am juts thinking...and these are the things he is telling you about, imagine the things he is keeping a secret...
You are totally justified in your dislike for him and I encourag eany meaness towards him!

AP3 said...

Now perhaps folks will understand why I have nothing nice to say about Owen. Scum of the earth, as far as I'm concerned.

Yes, I knew all of that, and more. Scary as it is, you've left out some of the worst stuff!

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Wow! Did I say C.A.D...Sounds like a bad soap opera...Hang in there Tan Lucy...I know you have some great daughters to lend you a loving hand.

Doug said...

Just wondering if Owen was ever a congressmember from Marietta, Georgia. By the way, my site seems to not be down. I guess the Quality Assurance system at Blogger is finally working. Just didn't want you to think I left without saying goodbye. Waking Ambrose will be back when Blogger and I reconcile.

Amber said...

I don't like Owen either. :-(

Libby said...

hmmmmm...you always read about guys like this, and laugh, and say,'they're just making this up'. but, i so totally believe this! Look at all the people in her family that can vouch for her...and against owen!
BoUnCeS!! LibbY!

schnoodlepooh said...

Good grief! I totally understand why you don't like Owen. The guy is 100% jerk! I don't like him either! How soon is he leaving?

natasha said...

Wow. I'm impressed you didn't run him over with the car while he was asleep ... Jus' sayin', you know?

kenju said...

How can you tolerate him in your kitchen??!!

mireille said...

my favorite line: "Beauty fades and potential is not always realized." How many marriages foundered on those rocks? He sounds like a narcissistic jerk. xoxo

still life said...

It astounds made that he would even be doing these things, well enough to repeat them to you. Where is this man's shame, his conscience? It is honestly appalling.

dddragon said...

I didn't know ALL that, mom!! Geeesh.

Uncle Owen is the exact opposite of Dad. Amazing that they're brothers.

Meegan said...

Okay, NOW I completely understand your disgust for the man. What a PIG!!!!

Boobabe said...

sounds like a real card of a guy...definitely the 2 of clubs.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Sounds to me like Owen has a lot to give: opinions and sperm.

Doug said...

Haha, Hoss. Can't come by those just anywhere.

Fred said...

This was a script from As The World Turns, right? Crap, he's lucky to still be alive with all the enemies he's made.

I'm surprised anybody will talk to him. Even Niks.

Big Dave T said...

I think guys like Owen live in a personal hell of their own creation. I don't think anybody could make it any worse for him.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

It's Sunday morning now. Owen left yesterday. This morning at 7:30 A.M. the phone rang. It's Owen of course. Do I know where his credit card is?

No, I don't. Too bad.

At 83, he's pretty forgetful. I never saw his credit card. I try hard not to let him leave anything here. Don't want him to have an excuse to come back for whatever-it-is-that-he-left-this-time.

He's still a creep. But I really should move on.

Doug said...

You still have a day of weekend left, TLP. Enjoy. Maybe make poultices just in case.

actonbell said...

I never knew any of that, but I am not at all surprised. Left the courtroom out of embarrassment? Wow.

actonbell said...

Whoa! Just read your other posts, and thought maybe sometime you'd like to borrow a copy of The Screwtape Letters.It's the correspondence of an old demon to a younger one.

Doug said...

Oooh C.S. Lewis. What a writer and thinker. You think Uncle Screwtape has advice for TLP?

Jamie Dawn said...

What a wretched beast that Owen is!
You only think you're safe. If you gave him even the tiniest hint of interest, you know that slime would be on you like.... don't even go there! I'm sure he wouldn't give a rip about Niks' feelings either. He doesn't seem the type to consider anyone's feelings but his own.
You've got me furious at a guy I don't even know!!!!!

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