good book alert
I'm in David Barringer's latest book. Click on the pic for an online preview.
FOR CHARLOTTE . . .
I wasn't attracted to Charlotte at first: it was an arranged marriage. My dad thought it would be a good match, but I went into it kicking and screaming. I missed my MAN...hattan, and told Charlotte so every chance I got. She just rolled her eyes and waited patiently for me to come around. She felt she'd be better for me than the MAN... more stable, calm and nurturing. I hated her blandness with a passion.
Still, there we were, married. I had to make the best of it. She didn't cook for me, but I could always take what I wanted from the fridge. I'd dig past the new stuff and junk food she always stocked up front to the crumpled wads of tin-foil wrapped leftovers in the back. Opening each mystery pak became one of my simple pleasures, and there was even more in the freezer. I hadn't cooked in years, but Charlotte's leftovers inspired me. I got out my pots and pans and started experimenting in the kitchen, testing spices, inventing new recipes, and working with whatever leftovers came my way. The more I focused on my cooking, the less I hated Charlotte, and before you could say 'boo" I was cooking for her and her friends. She'd have big parties and show me off, even - how could I hate a gal like that?
Over the years, 7 in all, Charlotte grew on me. Then one day it happened: I fell in love with someone else. I didn't tell her right away, wanted to make sure it was for real first. It was, so I had to go. I felt bad leaving her just when we were finally getting used to one another, but I had to follow my heart. We still talk, though, and every now and then she even smiles at me.
Charlotte, thanx for the memories. If you ever need me, you know I'll do what I can to help.