The next time I came to visit, the two were sitting at the dining room table; the tea cozy was at the center, and the old man was leafing thru the mail. They did not look like they were in any hurry to walk.
We were just sitting here thinking how lucky we are to be here with all this,” she gestures with her hands thown up in the air, then points to the adjacent window thru which you can see miles and miles of forests and the great pacific ocean beyond.
“ain’t that right honey,” she looks over to her husband.
I was just thinking that I grew up on a farm” he remembers” and we had lots of chickens. My first job was a door to door egg salesman. You would be surprised how nice everyone was to me.. I usually had all my eggs sold at the end of the day.
Do you happen to know how much a dozen eggs costs now in 2012?” I ask.
He looks over to his wife perhaps for some help with the answer but then he decides. “I’d imagine about 60 cents,”
His wife looks down but does not say anything.
“No, its about 4x that much, I say.
“I cannot believe that, he speaks louder than I have ever heard him “ How come?”
Well honey, everything changes” she says in her most matter or fact voice.
And the next thing that happens is two heavyweights from the past come to the table,
"You know my dad was there when ,” he stops for a moment to try and remember the name, “Edison, yeah Thomas Edison turned on the first light switch and that got my dad so excited that he ended up manufacturing all sorts of switches and did really well too.”
“He also happened to be there the day the wright brothers took flight for the first time.” My dad must have been about 9 or 10. Think about it. It still sends chills down my spine to know that people can get in the air and fly everyday and my father was there when it all began.
“ I can’t believe it,” she quickly pats the back side of my hand, “but I am getting lots of calls from my church, everyone wants to know when I am coming back,” she begins,
“I think I will let my daughter in law take me to the hairdresser this week and see how that goes. Who would want to see me looking like this anyway? I always try to sit in the back of the church so I would not have to far too walk.”
Whats that dear,” her husband leans over to try and pick up the conversation.
“Oh I was just saying to anina, that its time for me to get my hair done.”
He looks at her for a long time with his hands in his trademark resting place crossed on his chest and then looks at me across the table while pointing towards her.
“If it weren’t for this lady, she does everything around here. She sure is smart and knows how to do things. I really can't thank her enough. "
She gets closer to me and says quietly; “He says that to me everyday . My first husband was good too BUT so many woman tell me how lucky I am to have a man that appreciates me. It makes all the difference in the world. Believe me.
For better or for worse. I believe.