I've recently finished a week of hard labour in the coffee mines - my youngest who ownes the coffee shop was away for a week and mother got to play Barista, rearrange things and in general have fun. My day started with a 5 a.m. alarm followed by tea, a groggy push the dog out the door to pee ( he promptly came back in and returned to bed!) and then bright and cheery at the shop by 6:30 a.m. to open the doors by 7 a.m.
ROASTED is downtown Tucson - not a bustling metropolis at the best of times but eerily quiet at 6:30 a.m. There was one daily vignette that delighted me but also made me scratch my head and wonder at the nature of relationships.
At the same time that I unlocked the doors each morning, a pick-up truck pulled up to the curb, a middle-aged woman hopped out of the driver's side and the male slid over behind the wheel. They didn't exchange a word. The woman came around to the passenger window where a large black and white dog stuck his head out. "Bye bye my baby, kissy kissy mommy, you be a good boy, mommy loves you, huggy, huggy, you have a lovely day mommy will miss you, mommy will make you a nice dinner, kissy kissy kissy" - That's the abbreviated version of the exchange between woman and dog! Not a glance, not a gesture, not a word between the man and woman. Makes you wonder.
Short Shots from MidLife & Beyond: Invisibility - It's comforting to know that that personality doesn't go the way of perky breasts and a freshfaced complexion.