Tuesday September 18, 2012 at The Holy Oak
He decided it was time to clean out the garage. It had nothing to do with the purchase of a car or moving. It had been fifteen years of baseball gloves and broken lamps, lawn bowling and textbooks. When Martha died, he’d put her clothes and her things, her special cupcake decorating set and her tarot cards, in big tupperware bins. He’d stacked them carefully, with the help of his son-in-law, in the far left corner of the garage, amidst boxes and a deconstructed child’s bed, waiting for a grandchild to be re-assembled. Every time he went into the garage he glanced at the tupperware bins and he felt an exceptional wave of sadness. September inspired him to make Martha’s tomato soup (and extra for the freezer). He put on an orange V-neck sweater over his plaid button-up. He thought of Martha’s clothes, in tupperware bins, in the garage. He hadn’t even seen them in awhile but he was overcome with that exceptional wave of sadness. Those beautiful cardigans, those soft blouses, those ironed pants – they weren’t being worn by anyone at all. It was Saturday morning when he started cleaning the garage. He made piles of what stayed and went went. Then he got to the tupperware bins.
Monday September 17, 2012 at Loft404
Journey to the Heart
They made a spiderweb out of dental floss in the tiny room beside the big room with the leather couches and the crystal chandelier. No one knew they were doing it. Thank goodness Alexander’s father was a dentist and that he knew where his dad the Dentist kept the expired floss samples. Who knew that floss expires? Does it turn less minty? Does it break more easily between close together teeth? Their web smelled very fresh and was exceptionally strong. They knew because they hung Alexanders mothers earrings off of it. She liked heavily jewelled and bedazzled earrings. Alexanders mother did not know that her eight year old son knew exactly where her secret jewellery hiding spot was located. It was where she kept her favorites, the earrings she saved for Valentine’s Day and New Years Eve.