A Bowl of Cherries

Cherries

Uncle Bill must have had big plans for those cherries. When he heard that I’d been climbing the cherry tree in the back yard eating up the cherries he was most unhappy with me. You can’t give back a juicy, sweet cherry once you’ve eaten it. But, really, those particular cherries – illegally seized right from the tree – were the best dang cherries I ever ate.

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With a K

The street Malcolm searched for should have been spelled with a K. He would never get used to Slavic language phonetics. He found the oddly spelled street in question. It was many more blocks of walking to locate the correct number. He stood outside the door for a long time. His threadbare coat was barely adequate for the cold. It began to snow. Finally, he knocked. The man who opened the door looked . . .

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Summer Holidays

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Our first summer,
Do you remember that one?
We lived down by the river
And caught fish for the 4th?
Remember that old tub
We filled with ice and watermelon?
We put a blanket on the grass
And watched the fireworks.
We chased grasshoppers in
The weeds behind the house.
When everyone was gone and
The night was quiet
We lay on the blanket all night long,
Just the two of us
In love.

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No Loitering

Jan parted the curtains a tiny slit and looked at the man in the hoodie. He stood under a No Loitering sign on a street light pole. It was his 3rd day standing in that spot. She appreciated the irony.

Jan tested him yesterday by walking to the bodega. He followed.

Today she had other plans. She locked her door and headed for the roof.

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Oh, Come On

She disagreed with him most of the time. She expressed that disagreement by saying, “Oh, come on!” in a disdainful voice. She couldn’t believe that every thought in his head didn’t align perfectly with the thoughts in her head. His attitude toward her habit was soon expressed with another thought: “So long, sister!”

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Golden

I remember meeting her. She was a bubble of golden light, bouncing around my friend’s home. She was there as a ‘Girl Friday’ doing various chores and errands for my sick friend. She sang, she smiled, she was cheerful. She was the best medicine a sick person could have in her home.

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That Laugh

I could hear that laugh in my office, which was across the hall and down two doors from his office. Loud, braying, and annoying was that laugh. It got worse late in the afternoon when he took a Valium. You could always tell when he took his Valium. At least I could close my office door. It was hilarious how many office doors closed late in the afternoon.

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Favorite Places

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Tent Rocks National Monument – ever hear of it? It’s an out of the way spot between Albuquerque and Santa Fe full of beautiful and unusual rock formations. I’ve been there before and I’m planning to go again. I’m looking forward to it. It’s a favorite place for me full of happy memories. Don’t you love getting out of town?

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The Best Thing

The car seems to know the way to the lab where they draw blood out of my arm by itself. People are quiet there, hoping things will go quickly and they can get on with their day. Everyone stares at their phone and waits to hear their number called. When I finally get called to the back, I realize the best thing about summer is you already have on a short sleeved shirt if you need your blood drained away. Makes it so much easier, doesn’t it?

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Bubblegum

Bubblegum Alley

As soon as the music started, I tapped my foot happily to the beat. “Bah,” he said. “Mere bubblegum pop. Turn on something worth hearing.”

“But I like this,” I said. “It’s happy.”

“It’s simplistic drivel. I won’t allow it in my head.”

I turned it off, but I always remember this as the moment I stopped respecting my dad.

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