Really? How interesting.
I met her in the grocery aisle, condiments to be exact. Hadn’t seen her for ever so long, and I’d grown…older, and certainly more rounded. I know–because she told me, with a chuckle and a wink.
“So, tell me–what do you do with all your spare time now that you’re retired?” (said while she brushed something off my shoulder. Obviously I didn’t spend much time checking in the mirror.)
And before I could tell her, she began a litany of her very worthwhile activities. We stood for quite a long time–long enough, it seemed, to actually make the pickles that lined the shelves behind us. And I listened while she wowed me with the accomplishments of her quite successful children and exceptionally talented grandchildren. Her marvelously loving and still handsome husband–”you remember him of course. Oh, are you still married to that…that, oh silly me, I’ve forgotten his name”–and the woes of white carpeting in such a LARGE home, though their vacation home had hand-hewn walnut flooring.
And, about the time I was read to open a jar of Famous Dave’s signature spicy spears (so I’d at least have a good excuse for my left eye closing while my top lip twitched) she asked again…”and now-what was it you said you were doing with ALL your spare time?”
“Well, actually I’m writing a novel.”
“Really? How interesting. My, it’s good to see you again. I must run, (ring-laden fingers waving like she she was drying her manicured nails). Have a million things to do today. We have guests for dinner. Let me know if you ever get that book done. What did you say it was about?”
“It’s a Prairie Romance”…I HAD to yell, she was rounding the corner.
Three cans fell off the end display as she whipped her cart around. ”Realllyy.” No question this time. A flat-out statement, and she actually shivered when she said it. “How interesting. I just never read cowboy stories but I’m sure it will be…cute.”
One just never knows when inspiration will overwhelm one…and a new character is born right before your eyes–and ears.
Oh, there will be a disclaimer, of course–any resemblance to anyone living or dead–but I’ll know!! And oh, what joy will fill my soul!!