Thursday, February 14, 2008


We were in the car. Phil glanced over at a woman shoveling yesterday's record-breaking snow off her driveway.

"Look at that," he said. "That woman's old."

"The poor thing," I said. "Her husband left her for a hottie. He should be ashamed of himself."

"Her husband died," he said. "She wore him out. No, that's not it. He doesn't even have the strength to leave because he is so emaciated and weak because she quit cooking."

We laughed because it's a well-known fact around here that I don't cook as often as I used to.

Later we were following a red Mini Cooper down University Ave. It was going slow and weaving over the line.

"I'll bet he's on the phone," Mr. Can't-Stand-To-Drive-Behind-Irratic-Drivers-Who-Are-Usually-on-Cell-Phones said. "Can you see?"

"No, the seat back is too high."

Finally Phil changed lanes, gunned the motor and we zipped past. I looked at the driver. It was a well-kept, blond woman, her make-up was perfect, she had on darling silver earrings and I could see she was well dressed.

"It's a woman," I said, "and she's not on a cell phone."

"Not on a cell phone?" he said, glancing at her.

"No, and she's pretty too."

She's old," he said.

"She's not old."

"She's sixty," he said.

I laughed, we both laughed but the fact is that I was born in 1946. You do the math.


Aliki2006 said...

That IS some conversation! Too funny...and happy belated V-Day to you.

Kacey said...

LOL. Yes, well, my perspective on old has really changed in the last few years *g.

Marilyn said...

You crack me up, Lynne! Glad you enjoyed my Valentine's fudge and led me here. Your writing is lovely and funny.

Ekim said...

Maybe the woman was shovelling and the man was in cooking the romantic dinner.
Or maybe he was weak because . . well, it was Valentine's Day. Just because they are old doesn't mean they aren't passionate.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Teehee- we love to give people 'lives' too...sitting in the mall, driving by, walking through the airport!!

kari & kijsa

Colette Amelia said...

Or maybe the husband left her for someone who was born in 1947 and is 13 years older than he.

not that I am bitter!

tearese said...

At least your husband didn't say she was hot..much better to say she's old! ( know men who will say stuff like that while their wife is with them).

Lynette said...

Oh how I wish I could go for a ride with the two of you!