Author: Thom Gossom

Just Like Television

“I’ll go first,” Buck instructed. “Then Chris, come in. Tyrone, you hang around outside near the door. Don’t cause no suspicion now. Got it?” Buck, from the drivers’ seat, stared at Tyrone in the rear view mirror. Chris, from the passenger seat, waited for Tyrone’s answer. Tyrone nodded but without conviction. Quiet and darkness set… Read more »

The Book Festival

She saw him before he saw her. The flash of adrenalin shooting   through her body upset her equilibrium. Excitement pumped in her chest. Uncertainty crept through her mind. Should she? Yes? No? Duck and hide? The old woman, talking in her ear, droned on incessantly. “So Simone… Blah! Blah! Blah!” The old lady continued. Simone… Read more »

What’s in a (nick) name?

On January 21, 1952, at 7:30 pm at Holy Family Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, I entered this world. My parents christened me Thomas Gossom Jr. after my dad. While that is my given name, over the years I’ve also been given other names. Some of these were out of fun; others are a play on… Read more »

Daddy

I’m in love with my dad. Do I love him? Yes. But I’m talking about being in love. I like him. I like being around him. He’s funny. He makes me laugh.  He’s special. You see I didn’t grow up throwing the ball with him in the backyard. We never sat by the fireplace and… Read more »

The New Year

The New Year, 2019, full of promise, resolutions, and anticipation arrives with cold, rainy, windy weather and very little sunshine down on the Gulf Coast. So what’s a little weather? Right. Shortly thereafter I discover a water leak in the ceiling of our bathroom.  I check it out, reason we’re getting a new roof anyway,… Read more »