Being with Georgette #12
When I finished preparing dinner, Georgette had disappeared. She wasn’t in the house. She wasn’t in her garden.
She knew her fish was almost ready, so I had no idea why I finally found her in the middle of the canola field across the highway holding a beach ball.
At golden hour, the yellow canola blossoms glow with an ethereal radiance. I had told Georgette the night before that the effect was due to over-saturation of yellow sunlight on the blossoms. Many colorful things look magical when over-saturated.
Georgette said, “It’s more magical if you don’t explain it.”
I did not say out loud that it’s even more magical when you understand it because you also understand how it connects to other magical things in the universe. I did not say it because she had already stopped listening to me before I could begin saying it.
Now Georgette stood among the glowing yellow blossoms that climbed to her waist. Georgette herself glowed with an ethereal radiance, but not due to over-saturation. Her dark hair and dark green dress contrasted with the glowing yellow blossoms around her. Her ethereal radiance came from within.
I crossed the highway and waved to Georgette from the edge of the field.
Georgette waved the beach ball over her head.
I shouted that her fish was getting cold, but she just waved the beach ball over her head again.
I stepped into the field. The canola stems and blossoms parted easily, but the leafy green plants on the ground grabbed at my feet.
When I was halfway to Georgette, I shouted again that her fish was getting cold.
Georgette turned her back to me and threw the ball as high as she could, letting it fall between us.
I approached the ball, picked it up, and took it to Georgette.
I said, “Your fish–”
“I heard you the first time,” Georgette snapped. She snatched the ball from my hands and ran away giggling.
I ran after her, and when I grabbed her arm, we fell to the ground in a clumsy embrace. What followed was even more clumsy, and perfectly silly, but suitable for the moment in a grown-up kind of way.
I said, “Your fish is probably frozen again by now.”
Georgette straightened her dress, still glowing with her ethereal radiance.
She said, “You’re the one who’s over-saturated.”
I said, “Why did you come out here when you knew dinner was almost ready.
She said, “All you think about is food.”
I said, “I think of other things too.”
“Not as much as you used to,” she said. “Even at sunset.”
The sun had set, but dusk falls slowly here in the weeks after the summer solstice.
As we crossed the highway to my front yard, I said, “Now what will we have for dinner?”
“You’ll think of something.”
Then Georgette stopped me and flung her arms around me. She whispered as though her life depended on it, “Go back and get the beach ball. I’ll make you an omelette.”
“Why do we need the ball?”
Georgette smiled and said, “Monica is pregnant.”
I took my time finding the beach ball.
When I finally returned to the house, Georgette said, “Your omelette is cold.”
She took the beach ball and cradled it like it was her first grandchild.
I said, “But it’s not over-saturated.”
“And it never will be, ” she said. Then she smiled at the beach ball and said, “And it’s even more magical because you also understand how it connects to other magical things in the universe.”