Umber (44.2 — The Matron)
July 17, 2012 § 2 Comments
“Vera’s working as a cook?” I asked, a bit dismayed.
The woman stopped singing.
“Well, she had to do something so she could keep a roof over their heads, didn’t she? It’s been pretty rough for the poor woman, since her husband left her. There are plenty of fish in the sea, I told her. Men come along like streetcars. I said, ‘Vera, stop wasting your time waiting for him to come back. You’re still young, and a good-looking woman, and your little girl needs a father.’ But she believes the louse will show up at the door any day now. Besides she thinks she can never marry again because she’s a Catholic. Pretty sad situation if you ask me. I told her, I said, ‘It’s not worth carrying a torch for him, and as for the Church, well, it’s easy for them to dictate to other people,’ but…”
Her voice trailed off.
I wondered if Leroy ever did show up again.