I climbed out of my car and stared. Pride swelled in my chest. Their little cottage, welcomed me. I walked through the gate and along the crooked, flower lined path, to the rear entry.
The kitchen door stood open. Addie and Anna, were on their knees mopping water.
A handsome young man peeked at me from the sink door and unfolded his frame to full height.
"What in the world?" I stopped short.
"Mother, quick, grab some more towels." Anna shrieked and dabbed the floor.
Addie blew a curl out of her face."Water pipe burst under the sink. Must have happened right before I got here. Tom came in minutes, thank goodness." She pulled the plumber hunk over.
"Hi, Mrs. Kincaid.” He reached his hand to me.
"Hi, Tom." I smiled, and liked his nice firm handshake.
“Addie kept her head and called me. I explained how to find the shut off. The girls had it in hand pretty fast. By the time I got here it was a piece of cake." He winked a big brown eye at me.
“So, The Grand Opening of The Taste and See Tea Room is officially back on.”
"Yeah, the water is mostly in the kitchen." Anna's lip quivered. "I think we can still open on time"
I sloshed over to the stainless steel counter, grabbed the mop, snitched a fresh scone, and popped a bite into my mouth. The flavors melded well, sweet white chocolate chips, and tart red cranberries, were teamed with cake-like crustiness.
"These are scrumptious, Anna."
"You really think so, Mother?"
I nodded. "Wow, Honey!"
She pulled a container from the freezer, and dipped something chocolatey into a tiny bowl.
"Try my ice cream flavor of the day and guess what's in it."
"I took a bite and rolled it around on my tongue, chocolate of course, hmm, caramel, and some crunch, maybe toffee? " I scarfed the rest of it, and moaned, "Heavenly!"
A smile lit her face. "You're good, Mom. So, what do ya think? Good huh?'
My mouth dripped, "Well maybe in another bite?"
Addie snickered and Anna, with hands on hips, shook her head.
Tom perused the racks filled with muffins, brownies, creme puffs, scones, truffles, and baklava.
"Don't you think I'd better taste everything?" He smirked. "Something might be damaged."
“Absolutely, I'll put on some tea.” Anna grabbed a pot.
Tom, slid a flaky piece of baklava into his mouth.
We watched him and waited.
“'Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:'” He recited *
Both girls raised their eye brows.
“What? My dad was a bee keeper. I know honey Scriptures.
And, that was the best baklava I ever tasted. Is that white clover honey you used?”
Uh-Huh! Handsome. Single, and a Christian who quotes Scripture.
“This is good, Lord. Very good.”
*NIV: Proverbs 24:13-14
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