August 14, 2022

“He leans over and...”

 An excerpt from “Trouble and Strife,” by Johanne Levesque




Warren drops by unannounced...  I am so glad to see him.  I don’t want a brief visit with him.  I want him to stay so I invite him for dinner.  We sit in the living room and to distract myself, I ask him about his latest travel adventures.

“I wish I could take you to Ceylon with me.  You would like it.  They have beautiful beaches.  You should smell the meals cooked by street vendors.  The aroma of spices is hard to describe.  People live in mud huts there but they are always smiling.  I wish I could watch a sunrise with you by the coconut trees and take you to have breakfast by the beach.”

He leans over and...


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June 10, 2022

“What’s the harm in a walk?”

An excerpt from “Trouble and Strife,” by Johanne Levesque



Warren arrives and is greeted by the children, “Uncle Warren!”

Alvin brings him a bottle of beer.

“Where’s my best friend?” he asks.

“He’s sleeping.  He has a cold and it has tired him right out,” I reply while I put the finishing touches on the kitchen table.

Warren sits at the table and shares a meal with us.

When the dinner is done, I tidy up while the children play musical chairs with Warren.

As soon as I sit down, Warren tells me, “It’s such a beautiful summer’s evening, so let’s not waste it.  Let’s go for a walk together.”

When he sees me hesitate, he says, “Gloria is old enough to take care of the children.”

Gloria looks in the direction of the bedroom.

“And Eugene.  Right Gloria?  You can take care of your dad too?”

“Sure, Uncle Warren.  Go on Mother.  Dad will be just fine.”

Warren pouts, “Come on Josephine.  Don’t make me go alone.”

“Why not?” I say.  What’s the harm in a walk?  I need adult companionship.  I forget all my troubles when I’m with him.


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