The Suitcase Lady


July 7, 2009, 10:23 pm

Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire relied on the kindness of strangers. My husband and I find that relying on the kindness of family and friends is much more reliable. For instance, our TV died 25 years ago and neither of us had any desire to replace it. After several months of being a TV free household, our teenage son asked if we would object if he bought a TV for his room. Of course we didn’t, and he used his own funds to purchase a set. Knowing that we liked vintage Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone, he kindly offered to let us watch his TV. Tongue in cheek, he suggested that he should place a cup on top to be used for a freewill offering. Of course, the cup never materialized.

At the present moment we are indebted to our cat for air conditioning. When we built our lake home, we viewed air conditioning as superfluous. The big lake is our air conditioner. However, we did have to install a small window air conditioner in the cat’s room.

We take a trip every August. The winds here get so intense that the screens sometimes blow out during violent storms. We couldn’t safely leave with the windows open or closed. We didn’t want the cat sitter to find a fried or missing cat. The room air conditioner was the solution.

So on those rare sultry, summer nights, we slink down to the cat’s delightfully cool room to sleep. She always welcomes us in.

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