By Kristan Higgins
This capture of the day may be the dish of a life-time! First Date ? l. a. Maggie Take one lovelorn diner proprietor (me) A beneficiant aiding of nosy neighborhood gossips A dollop of envy at married sister's excellent existence a touch of divine intervention (my matchmaking priest) mix components with one lovable dog, upload a robust yet silent lobsterman with a hidden center of gold . . . and watch the sparks fly.
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Good boy. And here’s your supper, Mr. ” Given the state of his hips, I don’t make him sit first. Responsibilities finished, I take a minute to flop into my chair and relax. My apartment is smalla minute kitchen, living room, tiny bedroom and fairy-sized bathroom that barely has enough room for me to stand. But I love it. A seaman’s chest, filled with afghans from Mrs. Kandinsky, serves as a coffee table. Pictures of Violet decorate the fridge, and some African violets, in honor of my niece, blossom on the windowsill.
Georgie Culpepper, my dishwasher, burst into the diner. ” he shouted. “Hi! How are you, Maggie! It’s nice out today, isn’t it, Maggie? I saw snowdrops this morning! ” He wrapped his arms around me and hugged me. Now, Georgie’s hugs are usually very pleasant. I’ve been getting them since kindergarten. Georgie has Down syndrome, is wicked affectionate and endlessly cheerful, one of the nicest, happiest people I’ve ever met. But right at this moment, I didn’t want his burr-like head welded to my breast.
Oh, well. I make up the difference and leave a huge tip for the waiter. When I get home, there’s a message waiting on my machineFather Tim asking a question about the spaghetti dinner next week. Perfect. It’s too late to call my sister and tell her about the date, and Father Tim has just given me a great excuse to call him. He keeps late hours, something he’s mentioned in the past and which I stored in the Father Tim encyclopedia I keep in my brain. Besides, I just drove past the rectory and couldn’t miss the fact that the lights were still on.
Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins