Coach Signature Pouch

Coach Signature Pouch

Check out this page if you are looking for Coach Signature Pouch


Coach Metallic Signature Pleated Purple Skinny Minnie Zip Purse Clutch Pouch
Coach Metallic Signature Pleated Purple Skinny Minnie Zip Purse Clutch Pouch
$9.99
Time Remaining: 7h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $39.99

Coach Signature Top Handle Pouch Black  White 40024 EUC
Coach Signature Top Handle Pouch Black White 40024 EUC
$49.99
Time Remaining: 29d 2h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $49.99

Authenic Khaki Tan Signature Coach Demi Satchel Shoulder Bag Pouch Leather 139
Authenic Khaki Tan Signature Coach Demi Satchel Shoulder Bag Pouch Leather 139
$11.51 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 46m

COACH BLACK SIGNATURE POUCH PURSE BAG
COACH BLACK SIGNATURE POUCH PURSE BAG
$22.00 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 2m

BNWT Sm Coach Signature Tote With Matching Pouch MFSRP 118
BNWT Sm Coach Signature Tote With Matching Pouch MFSRP 118
$38.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 18m

COACH PEYTON SIGNATURE ENVELOPE WALLET W POUCH BROWN TAN F50175 NWT 50175
COACH PEYTON SIGNATURE ENVELOPE WALLET W POUCH BROWN TAN F50175 NWT 50175
$79.99
Time Remaining: 23h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $79.99

NWT 148 COACH Getaway Signature Nylon Packable PINK BERRY Tote W Pouch
NWT 148 COACH Getaway Signature Nylon Packable PINK BERRY Tote W Pouch
$69.99
Time Remaining: 2d 2h 8m

Coach Signature Nylon Packable Weekender Bag w pouch
Coach Signature Nylon Packable Weekender Bag w pouch
$60.00
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $80.00

NWT Coach Peyton Signature Brown Tan Crossbody Bag w Pouch F52175
NWT Coach Peyton Signature Brown Tan Crossbody Bag w Pouch F52175
$89.99
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 5m

EUC Coach brown multi color patchwork leather signature top handle pouch purse
EUC Coach brown multi color patchwork leather signature top handle pouch purse
$27.01 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 8m

COACH Khaki Signature Pouch Small Handbag Shoulder Bag Demi Hobo
COACH Khaki Signature Pouch Small Handbag Shoulder Bag Demi Hobo
$45.00
Time Remaining: 8d 21h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $45.00

NWT Coach Signature Khaki White Turnlock Flap Pouch Wristlet  F41941
NWT Coach Signature Khaki White Turnlock Flap Pouch Wristlet F41941
$10.00
Time Remaining: 2d 18h 31m

Coach Signature Top Handle Pouch Bag BRAND NEW
Coach Signature Top Handle Pouch Bag BRAND NEW
$60.00
Time Remaining: 2d 22h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $95.00

NWT 148 COACH Getaway Signature Nylon Packable Weekender Tote W Pouch
NWT 148 COACH Getaway Signature Nylon Packable Weekender Tote W Pouch
$89.99
Time Remaining: 3d 56m
Buy It Now for only: $129.99

COACH Signature Getaway Nylon Pouch
COACH Signature Getaway Nylon Pouch
$22.00
Time Remaining: 16d 22h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $22.00

COACH SIGNATURE Black Brown Crossbody HOBO PURSE SHOULDER BAG Pouch
COACH SIGNATURE Black Brown Crossbody HOBO PURSE SHOULDER BAG Pouch
$12.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 4h 36m

Coach Signature Ocelot Metallic Black  Silver Leopard Print Demi Pouch Bag
Coach Signature Ocelot Metallic Black Silver Leopard Print Demi Pouch Bag
$32.00
Time Remaining: 3d 11h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $41.60

Coach Pink Stripe Signature Pastel Zip Pouch Crossbody bag Purse Swingpack USA
Coach Pink Stripe Signature Pastel Zip Pouch Crossbody bag Purse Swingpack USA
$34.95
Time Remaining: 3d 23h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $59.95

Coach Dark Plume Signature Nylon Packable LARGE Tote  Pouch Weekend Getaway
Coach Dark Plume Signature Nylon Packable LARGE Tote Pouch Weekend Getaway
$64.99
Time Remaining: 4d 2h 31m

NWT Coach Peyton Signature Brown Tan Crossbody Bag w Pouch F52175
NWT Coach Peyton Signature Brown Tan Crossbody Bag w Pouch F52175
$99.99
Time Remaining: 29d 11h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $99.99

Coach Vermillion Signature Nylon Packable Red Regular Tote  Cosmetic Pouch
Coach Vermillion Signature Nylon Packable Red Regular Tote Cosmetic Pouch
$44.99
Time Remaining: 4d 2h 32m

Excellent Condition Coach Signature Canvas Plum Multi Pouch For Camera Or Phone
Excellent Condition Coach Signature Canvas Plum Multi Pouch For Camera Or Phone
$14.99
Time Remaining: 4d 8h 54m

COACH MADISON OP ART SIGNATURE WRISTLET POUCH PURSE BLACK
COACH MADISON OP ART SIGNATURE WRISTLET POUCH PURSE BLACK
$19.99
Time Remaining: 4d 21h 40m
Buy It Now for only: $34.99

Coach Khaki Signature Canvas Demi Pouch Handbag
Coach Khaki Signature Canvas Demi Pouch Handbag
$32.99
Time Remaining: 13d 17m
Buy It Now for only: $32.99

Authentic Coach F44143 Carly Signature Sateen Top Handle Small Handbag Pouch
Authentic Coach F44143 Carly Signature Sateen Top Handle Small Handbag Pouch
$32.99
Time Remaining: 4d 22h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $49.99

Coach Womens Signature Khaki Brown Patent Leather Small Pouch Bag NEW
Coach Womens Signature Khaki Brown Patent Leather Small Pouch Bag NEW
$40.00
Time Remaining: 5d 5h 26m

NWT authentic Coach black signature universal zip wallet pouch cell phone ID 48
NWT authentic Coach black signature universal zip wallet pouch cell phone ID 48
$15.51 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 20h 20m

Coach Sonoma Pebbled Slim Duffle Leather Ivory Tan Signature Bag Pouch Purse
Coach Sonoma Pebbled Slim Duffle Leather Ivory Tan Signature Bag Pouch Purse
$50.00
Time Remaining: 6d 1h 29m

coach handbag pouch black with shearling leather signature c
coach handbag pouch black with shearling leather signature c
$23.95
Time Remaining: 4d 7h 49m
Buy It Now for only: $23.95

Coach Khaki Tan Genuine Leather Trim Signature Demi Pouch Purse
Coach Khaki Tan Genuine Leather Trim Signature Demi Pouch Purse
$9.99
Time Remaining: 6d 2h 29m

New Coach Signature Python Cosmetic Pouch
New Coach Signature Python Cosmetic Pouch
$15.50
Time Remaining: 6d 4h 31m

Coach Signature Scribble Jewelry Pouch NWT
Coach Signature Scribble Jewelry Pouch NWT
$46.99
Time Remaining: 6d 6h 51m

Coach Peyton Signature Brown Tan Crossbody Bag w Pouch F52175 NWT
Coach Peyton Signature Brown Tan Crossbody Bag w Pouch F52175 NWT
$139.99
Time Remaining: 5d 16h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $139.99

AUTHENTIC COACH BLACK AND WHITE MINI SIGNATURE MINI TOP HANDLE POUCH 4771 VGC
AUTHENTIC COACH BLACK AND WHITE MINI SIGNATURE MINI TOP HANDLE POUCH 4771 VGC
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 8h 15m

COACH Black Metallic Signature Pouch with Snakeskin from Exotics Collection 6F40
COACH Black Metallic Signature Pouch with Snakeskin from Exotics Collection 6F40
$19.99
Time Remaining: 6d 8h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $34.99

EUC Beautiful Black COACH Signature Makeup Cosmetic Bag Clutch Pouch
EUC Beautiful Black COACH Signature Makeup Cosmetic Bag Clutch Pouch
$39.99
Time Remaining: 6d 9h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $79.99

Coach Soho Optic Signature Demi Pouch discontinued authentic COACH bag purse
Coach Soho Optic Signature Demi Pouch discontinued authentic COACH bag purse
$25.00
Time Remaining: 6d 10h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $36.00

NWT Coach Peyton Signature Top Handle Shoulder Pouch Handbag F51185 Brown New
NWT Coach Peyton Signature Top Handle Shoulder Pouch Handbag F51185 Brown New
$114.95
Time Remaining: 16d 1h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $114.95

AUTHENTIC COACH Signature Lurex Studded Top Handle Pouch Purse Black
AUTHENTIC COACH Signature Lurex Studded Top Handle Pouch Purse Black
$49.95
Time Remaining: 6d 12h 30m

GENUINE COACH SIGNATURE TOTE BAG WITH ZIPPER POUCH BRAND NEW WITH TAG
GENUINE COACH SIGNATURE TOTE BAG WITH ZIPPER POUCH BRAND NEW WITH TAG
$48.00
Time Remaining: 7d 1h 48m

NWT COACH BLACK NYLON GETAWAY SIGNATURE TRAVEL COSMETIC MAKE UP BAG POUCH 77391
NWT COACH BLACK NYLON GETAWAY SIGNATURE TRAVEL COSMETIC MAKE UP BAG POUCH 77391
$25.49 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7d 12h 15m

Coach Peyton Signature Top Handle Pouch  Pink F51175 NWT
Coach Peyton Signature Top Handle Pouch Pink F51175 NWT
$74.99
Time Remaining: 7d 23h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $74.99

Authentic Coach Blue Khaki Signature Stripe Top Handle Pouch M0767 41206
Authentic Coach Blue Khaki Signature Stripe Top Handle Pouch M0767 41206
$20.00
Time Remaining: 8d 15h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $33.50

COACH SIGNATURE C STRIPE LT KHAKI BROWN COATED CANVAS TOP HANDLE POUCH BAG
COACH SIGNATURE C STRIPE LT KHAKI BROWN COATED CANVAS TOP HANDLE POUCH BAG
$45.00
Time Remaining: 2h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $90.00

NWT COACH PEYTON SIGNATURE TOP HANDLE POUCH BAG
NWT COACH PEYTON SIGNATURE TOP HANDLE POUCH BAG
$97.99
Time Remaining: 4h 2m

Coach black signature patchwork top handle pouch mini purse
Coach black signature patchwork top handle pouch mini purse
$15.00
Time Remaining: 4h 27m

NEW AUTHENTIC COACH GETAWAY SIGNATURE NYLON SILVER MINERAL Green COSMETIC POUCH
NEW AUTHENTIC COACH GETAWAY SIGNATURE NYLON SILVER MINERAL Green COSMETIC POUCH
$39.95
Time Remaining: 15d 6h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $39.95

Coach Khaki Signature Embossed Beaded Small Pouch Hobo Bag Purse
Coach Khaki Signature Embossed Beaded Small Pouch Hobo Bag Purse
$59.99
Time Remaining: 8h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $89.99

Great Condition Coach Signature Denim Blue Demi Pouch with Strawberry Keyfob
Great Condition Coach Signature Denim Blue Demi Pouch with Strawberry Keyfob
$10.00
Time Remaining: 8h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $15.00

COACH Jacquard Leather Metalic Signature Zip Purse Wristlet Clutch Pouch 5107
COACH Jacquard Leather Metalic Signature Zip Purse Wristlet Clutch Pouch 5107
$42.95
Time Remaining: 9h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $57.95

COACH SIGNATURE C STRIPE LT KHAKI BROWN COATED CANVAS TOP HANDLE POUCH BAG NWOT
COACH SIGNATURE C STRIPE LT KHAKI BROWN COATED CANVAS TOP HANDLE POUCH BAG NWOT
$34.99
Time Remaining: 9h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $49.99

Coach Black Signature Demi Pouch Zip Top Handle Bag Purse Canvas Leather Hangtag
Coach Black Signature Demi Pouch Zip Top Handle Bag Purse Canvas Leather Hangtag
$24.99
Time Remaining: 12d 36m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99

COACH SOFT SIGNATURE DEMI POUCH
COACH SOFT SIGNATURE DEMI POUCH
$17.69
Time Remaining: 10h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $23.00

COACH HAMPTON SIGNATURE C SCRIBBLE TOP HANDLE SMALL BAG PURSE w POUCH
COACH HAMPTON SIGNATURE C SCRIBBLE TOP HANDLE SMALL BAG PURSE w POUCH
$96.00
Time Remaining: 19h 24m

Authentic COACH Signature Medium Cosmetics Bag Pouch with zipper Pink Canvas
Authentic COACH Signature Medium Cosmetics Bag Pouch with zipper Pink Canvas
$29.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 4m

COACH SIGNATURE TOP HANDLE POUCH HANDBAGBROWN SIGNATURE PURSEBAGUETTE
COACH SIGNATURE TOP HANDLE POUCH HANDBAGBROWN SIGNATURE PURSEBAGUETTE
$24.97
Time Remaining: 29d 2h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $24.97

NWT AUTHENTIC COACH SOHO SIGNATURE SCARF PRINT TOP HANDLE POUCH PURSE F42825
NWT AUTHENTIC COACH SOHO SIGNATURE SCARF PRINT TOP HANDLE POUCH PURSE F42825
$78.00
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 35m

Coach F40543 White Mini Signature  Suede Flowers  Bee Small Pouch Handbag
Coach F40543 White Mini Signature Suede Flowers Bee Small Pouch Handbag
$39.99
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 59m

Coach Signature Multi Pouch F61583
Coach Signature Multi Pouch F61583
$50.00
Time Remaining: 1d 8h

AUTHENTIC Coach Signature Demi Black Pouch Clutch Purse Bag K25 6094
AUTHENTIC Coach Signature Demi Black Pouch Clutch Purse Bag K25 6094
$39.99
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 3m

*************************************************************

If you didn"t find what you wanted look below for Coach Signature Pouch in the Amazon Marketplace.

*************************************************************

Coach Peyton Floral Slim Envelope Wallet with Floral Pouch F51206 Gift Coach Peyton Floral Slim Envelope Wallet with Floral Pouch F51206 Gift
Sale Price: $98.95

Coach Peyton Floral Slim Envelope Wallet with Front holds 6 credit card slots, Inside: 2 bill slots, 8 credit card slots, center zipper pocket for coins, a slip pocket on the back, Exterior: Back slip pocket with removable zipper floral pouch

Coach Peyton Signature C Khaki Coated Canvas Merlot Leather Wristlet Pouch 50142 Coach Peyton Signature C Khaki Coated Canvas Merlot Leather Wristlet Pouch 50142
List Price: $68.00
Sale Price: $42.95

Here is another one of Coach's finely crafted items that will be stylish and practical for years to come! This wristlet has all of the features you have come to expect from Coach. In addition to its sophisticated style and practical design, it features the finest top quality materials, heavy duty stitching and top quality hardware.

Coach Peyton Signature Envelope Wallet with Pouch - Khaki & Merlot - Style 49154 Coach Peyton Signature Envelope Wallet with Pouch - Khaki & Merlot - Style 49154
Sale Price: $149.95

Wrapped in Coach's Signature C print on coated canvas with merlot tone leather trim and polished silver tone hardware. This slim envelope style wallet has a snap flap closure accented with Coach's logo lozenge...

Coach Peyton Dream C Signature Go Go Wristlet White Pomegranate/Tan Coach Peyton Dream C Signature Go Go Wristlet White Pomegranate/Tan
Sale Price: $84.99

A pretty signature pattern with the look of watercolors updates the large wristlet for spring. Sized for a cell phone, a couple of cards and a few bills, this pretty piece can be worn on the wrist.

Coach Peyton Signature Envelope Wallet with Pouch Light Khaki/Pomegranate Coach Peyton Signature Envelope Wallet with Pouch Light Khaki/Pomegranate
Sale Price: $179.00

What a STUNNING Coach Wallet!!

Coach Legacy Weekend Signature Nylon Sleeve Case Pouch 65857 Silver/khaki Coach Legacy Weekend Signature Nylon Sleeve Case Pouch 65857 Silver/khaki
List Price: $68.00
Sale Price: $67.95

Crafted in refined signature fabric and finished with supple leather trim and an embossed Coach Storypatch, this zippered, lightly padded sleeve encases an e-reader or iPad Mini in striking style.

Coach Peyton Brown Ocelot Swingpack Crossbody Shoulderbag w/Pouch, 52268 Coach Peyton Brown Ocelot Swingpack Crossbody Shoulderbag w/Pouch, 52268
List Price: $178.00
Sale Price: $114.67

Here is another one of Coach's finely crafted items that will be stylish and practical for years to come. This gorgeous swingpack has a removable pouch that can be used separately. This slim and versatile keeps essentials neatly and securely organized for daily use within its richly textured exterior.

Coach Peyton Signature Slim Envelope with Saffiano Pouch 49154 Saddle Coach Peyton Signature Slim Envelope with Saffiano Pouch 49154 Saddle
List Price: $238.00
Sale Price: $157.90

Coach Peyton Ocelot Print Browns Black Wristlet Pouch, 52143 Coach Peyton Ocelot Print Browns Black Wristlet Pouch, 52143
List Price: $68.00
Sale Price: $36.95

Here is another one of Coach's finely crafted items that will be stylish and practical for years to come! This gorgeous wristlet comfortably fits your cell phone with plenty of room left over for your other necessities!


Coach Signature Pouch

Recovering Charles - Chapter 4 Excerpt

It was hard not to think of 9/11.

The coverage, the networks' slick graphics and official storm logos. The death toll.

The pain.

Maybe I watched so much TV during the days following Katrina because I couldn't turn off my photographer's inner lens. It saw more than the water and filth, it saw the survivors' eyes crying for help. Many cried with their mouths too, cursing at camera crews and pleading for rescue.

Some also cried with cardboard signs:

WHERE'S FEMA?

PAGING BUSH & CHENEY!

LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT

KATRINA KILLED MY BABY

NAGIN LIED

During a commercial I sat back on the futon and relaxed my neck and shoulders. I hadn't noticed how sore they'd become from my leaning forward and craning toward the TV hour after hour. That realization made my eyes hurt. And once again I was drawn back to the memories of September 11th and felt the toll the constant coverage had taken on my mind and soul.

I decided some fresh air and lunch in Little India would serve me well. As was my custom, I carried my camera along. The walk was energizing.

I was sitting in Pio Pio's in Jackson Heights when my cell phone rang and displayed an unfamiliar number from area code 504.

"Hello?" I answered.

The man's low smoker's voice was unfamiliar. "This Luke Millward?"

"It is."

"Jerome Harris callin' from New Awlins."

I switched my cell phone from one ear to another. "What can I do for you?"

"Your father is Charles?"

"Yes." I wondered if this call might come. I never imagined I'd be sitting in a Peruvian restaurant.

"Have you heard from 'im?"

"Not lately, no."

"How long it been?"

"Two years, maybe more."

Just then I remembered a larger-than-usual package I'd received a couple of months ago from Dad. I hadn't bothered to open it. It was the most recent in a string of packages that arrived every six months or so from some new zip code. They usually contained an odd trinket Dad had bought or occasionally one of his random personal belongings he wanted me to have.

I'd always wondered if sending old car keys or a lucky dice keychain from Vegas was his way of making peace. When I asked, he'd said he just wanted me to have those things in case something ever happened to him.

Like all the others packages, it was stacked in a corner of my apartment building's storage closet.

"What's this about?" I asked the man.

"Your daddy is missin', Luke. Been livin' here in New Awlins for 'bout a year."

Here it comes, I thought, closing my eyes.

"Nobody's seen 'im since a couple Sundays ago. Night before-"

"Katrina."

"Tha's right. He's been teachin' and playin' with me and my guys at a place on Chartres Street for on about seven months. Livin' in a place in the five-four."

"Five-four?"

"Lower Ninth, son."

I imagined his body was one of those rotting in a public restroom or floating facedown and bloated under a bridge somewhere.

So this is what it feels like to be an orphan. "I'm sorry to hear that, sir." The words carried unexpected uneasiness. My father is dead.

"Don't be sorry, Luke. Get on down here and find 'im."

"Excuse me?"

"It's why I'm callin'."

"Won't someone just call me when he's found?"

"You kiddin'? You must not got a TV."

Point taken.

"Even the good-meanin' guys down here don't have the time for much of that." He paused. "Come find your father, Luke Millward. For alls we know he's alive somewhere. Most our cell phones aren't workin'-he could be hurtin' somewhere, or in San Antonio or up north. We're hopin' he is.

We're prayin' it."

"Even if I wanted to, I can't just pause my life and go on a wild-goose chase. I just can't."

"Then do it for his fiancée."

"Come again?" I switched my cell phone back to the other ear. "My father was engaged?"

"To a wonderful one. Gettin' married sometime 'fore Christmas."

Who is she? I thought.

"Luke, she's my kid sister." He let the words have impact. "Her name is Jez."

Jez. I didn't know what shocked my system more: my father's probable death or a woman marrying a practicing alcoholic who had a premonition problem.

"I'll call you back," I said. "This number on my caller ID, it's yours?"

"It's one of the club's cell phones. Call it anytime. But service is hit-and-miss, know that."

"I'll call back."

"Soon?"

"Yes, sir. Good-bye. And thanks." I hung up and stepped out of the restaurant and into the noise of the city. I moved through the crowded afternoon streets toward the subway.

I don't remember riding it home.

That night I sat in my apartment with Jordan and listened as she repeated back to me the details of Jerome's call. She seemed to hear things in the story I hadn't said.

"This guy, Jerome, he was your dad's best friend."

"Who knows?"

"And your dad is getting married to this guy's sister-or was anyway . . ."

She scratched my back. "Sorry."

"No need."

"I have to wonder, how did he get your number? You should ask him that. What if this is some sort of scam? I see this a lot."

"Jordan, it's not a scam."

"Probably true, but still, how did he find you? You sure he doesn't want money or something? Maybe he thinks you're loaded because you helped your dad when he needed it."

I'd forgotten I'd ever told her that. "I haven't sent Dad money in a long time. Not since last time we spoke."

"Still, Luke, I'd ask. How'd he find you?"

I agreed it was a smart question and promised to pose it when I called Jerome back.

"Huh. Your dad was living in New Orleans." She looked down at her Diet Dr. Pepper. "You've hardly told me a thing about him."

Not much to tell. I haven't talked much about my mother either.

We picked at our sesame chicken and brown rice.

"So you're going," she asked. "Right?"

"I dunno yet."

"You've got to go, Luke. Just to know, for sure, you've got to."

"I dunno."

She took both my hands. "I'll go with you."

"You can't leave right now, Jordan. Not at the end of the quarter. You've got closings to push through."

"Yes I do, but I'd go with you if you asked."

We returned to our Chinese food while the Killers' Hot Fuss played on the living room stereo.

An hour later I hugged Jordan good-bye at the elevator in my building and got ready for bed. The bathroom mirror reminded me of the dark circles under my eyes that I'd inherited from my father. When I was particularly tired or stressed I looked like I'd been popped in both eyes. The rest of the time I looked like a raccoon. When I was young, Mom said they were so dark because I was an only child. If they'd had more children the effect would have spread across the other kids.

I cued up a classical playlist on my iPod. Tracks from the Boston Pops, some Mozart, newly added songs from a Jenny Oaks Baker CD that Jordan had given me for my birthday. I killed the lights, put in my headphones, and for a moment Jenny's majestic violin transformed my room into a concert hall, drowning out the steady stream of horns and sirens below.

My mind dropped sheets over the images of Katrina's wrath.

***

Mom wasn't always unhappy.

Dad wasn't always a drunk.

Just before my sophomore year of high school-the year before Grandma died-the three of us took a road trip to Yankees spring training at Legends Field in Tampa Bay. Mom let me ride up front for most of the trip while she read or slept in the backseat of our white Saab. Dad drove us east through Shreveport, Jackson, Mobile, and across the Florida Panhandle. Each stop brought a little history from Dad's AAA guidebook, a keychain for Mom's collection, and snacks.

I bet Mom ate fifteen pounds of licorice on that trip. It's funny, I used to tease Mom about her addiction to those little bags of Nibs.

Dad's official travel treat was Tab cola and Planters salted peanuts. I remember him dropping a few peanuts at a time to the bottom of every can as Mom playfully teased, "You're gross. Yuck. Who puts peanuts in their soda?" Even Dad couldn't explain the appeal, but I don't recall a single mile of that trip, or any other for that matter, when Dad didn't have a can in his hand or at-the-ready in his cup holder. I always threatened to tell when Mom stole sips as Dad pumped the gas or checked the tires.

But all she had to do was slip me a handful of licorice and I'd pledge to keep her secret for another leg of the trip. I didn't even like licorice.

My staples were Twinkies, Ho-Hos, and Big League Chew, the only bubblegum worthy of a little leaguer. That is, unless you were crazy Mrs. Armstrong's kid. She made a big show one day at practice that Big League Chew was a "gateway candy" to those fake cigarettes, then real cigarettes, then real snuff. So Mrs. Armstrong banned it from the dugout and told her son, Magic Mikey, our only left-handed pitcher, that she'd make him chew a hundred packs at once if she ever again caught him with the stuff. Dad said some things weren't worth fighting over.

Sometimes, when he and the other coach were working with the infielders, I'd take a couple guys behind the dugout and give them a wad of the shredded pink gum from its tinfoil pouch. Few things are more exhilarating for a thirteen-year-old than providing forbidden bubblegum to a teammate. Not long after Mrs. Armstrong's ban took effect, Dad stopped at a Circle K on the way to practice and came out with three packs of Big League Chew. "Just in case." He winked. "You never know when you might run low."

My dad told me that Mrs. Armstrong was a sweet woman who just had a few "issues." I guess he thought I should know what that meant. I didn't. I was only a right fielder.

On that spring training vacation, Mom sat reading in the stands for hours while Dad and I jostled for autographs and fought professional sports memorabilia hounds and little kids alike for signatures and foul balls. She smiled so kindly when I arrived at our spot above the third base line with a ball I'd caught off a rookie's splintered bat. I can't even remember his name anymore.

"That's spectacular!" Mom took the ball from me and pretended to examine it. "I bet this will find a special spot in your room, won't it, dear?"
"Sure will!"

Dad bought us matching, old-school, cotton Yankee baseball caps. I misplaced mine a couple months later and never found it again.

(Excerpt from Recovering Charles and reprinted with the permission of the author, Jason F. Wright)

(Originally published at GoArticles and reprinted with permission of the author, Jason F. Wright).

About the Author

Jason F. Wright is a regular contributor on Fox News and is founder and managing director of the political destination, PoliticalDerby.com. Jason is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Christmas Jars and The Wednesday Letters. To Learn more about Jason and his most recent novel, Recovering Charles, visit:
Recovering Charles
.

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.

Powered by WordPress