Thursday December 15, 2016
Overheard in my mother’s kitchen
“Can you take that out of the oven?”
Betty calls from upstairs. June is sitting at the kitchen table, the new one from Sears. She wonders how Betty and Earl afford new things every year, what with Earl getting laid off last summer.
“Of course!” June puts on oven mitts and takes the cake out. It’s Earl’s fortieth birthday and Betty is throwing him a surprise party tonight. June offered to help. It’s what neighbours do. She curses herself for not having arranged to have a conflict.
Betty comes downstairs and she’s wearing a lavender dress.