Martha and Narvin enjoy barbecuing in the back yard and often invite their daughter Illiana over on Sundays. Her Diet Pepsi addiction makes it imperative that a hefty amount of carbonated beverages are always on hand.
Illiana’s childless-by-choice lifestyle has created immeasurable tension with Martha, triggering many hysterical, accusation-laden arguments that result in uncontrolled sobbing and reluctant reconciliations.
There is also an ongoing dispute over who put the old towel and grungy cooler on Grandmother Elena’s 1925 drop-leaf table.
(Des Moines, Iowa)