“All art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end.”
—Rainer Maria Rilke
My mother’s wedding night was a threesome: My mother, father, and Joe, an Episcopal priest, who was my father’s favorite lover. They were in Fairhope, Alabama, an artsy town on the Gulf in 1949.
No family members attended.
My mother told me this when I was twelve years old. We were having dinner at Britling’s, the local cafeteria, in Memphis. I really liked their shredded carrots with raisins.
“All sorrows can be borne if you put them in a story or tell a story about them.”