Monday, April 4, 2011
That could only mean one thing: Someone who didn't know that I, on most occasions, keep the house obsessively clean, had come to visit.
Not only that—she (for it was Patty, a dear soul) was bringing me a gift.
It goes with the theme, she said, handing me a bag. Do you want to come in? I asked, mortified by the dust bunnies behind me. No, she said, demurely. She was on her way to or from some place, something. She was, in other words, pretending that she hadn't seen the week's accumulation of dust, though she was standing (albeit delicately) upon the mud prints. Beside the broken umbrella. Down a spit from the retired soccer ball.
It took me until just now to get over my mortification and open the bag. Will you look at this? It's the cover of Dangerous Neighbors. I mean—the real thing: twigs and eggs. I've never seen anything like it. A perfect gift for a less than perfect hostess. And so very deeply appreciated.
And so, Patty, is your note with your typewriter-emulating handwriting.
What does a woman say? Only this: I've cleaned the house since you were here. Thrown away the umbrella. Wiped the dirt from the front door. Welcomed the nest into a nice, clean space.