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.

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