Story Series: Being with Georgette #2

The Young  Shepherdess

“The Young Shepherdess”, 1885, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Being with Georgette #2

Georgette said, “What’s this ribbon for?”

I said, “I once took seventh place in a sheep-judging contest.”


“I was just along for the ride.”

“They gave ribbons for seventh place?”

“They gave ribbons down to thirteenth.”

“How many people were there?”

“Much more than thirteen.”

“How did you know so much about sheep?”

“I listened to what the grown-ups said to look for, and I looked for it. I didn’t know as much as six other kids, though.”


Georgette picked up my plate and took it to the kitchen.

When she returned she said, “You should smoke a leg of lamb more often.”

I said, “Once a year for your birthday is enough.”

“Today’s not my birthday.”

“I know.”


As she turned off the light, Georgette said, “You were much better at judging the quality of girls.”

“I didn’t need the grown-ups to tell me what to look for in you.”

“I was much younger then.”

“So was I.”

“Would you still make the same choice?”

“It was never a choice.”


Georgette started counting sheep and I fell asleep before she reached thirteen.



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