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Topic: MAIL (02/18/16)
- TITLE: Curiosities
By Kelly Gellert
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“Well, you’re quite the sight,” she said fingering the frills on her apron that he wore, “Can’t say I don’t like the sight of you cooking up something delicious when I arrive home from a long day of work though.” He smiled at her and she kissed him lightly.
“Did you manage to wrap up the project today?” he asked.
“YES!” Miriam cheered, “I am done with all this overtime. Back to regular days again next week.”
“That calls for a bottle of wine, I’d say,” Adrian stated turning off the stove and stepping into the pantry.
“Hear, hear,” Miriam called scooping up today’s mail from the bench top. She sheafed through the few envelopes until she got to one addressed to her in a familiar scrawl.
“Mum sent me a letter,” she stated putting aside the rest to open this one, “she usually just rings unless she’s sending birthday or Christmas cards. Not the right time of year for either of those though.” She fell silent as she slipped out another envelope and a letter that was tucked inside. She took the envelope and looked it over curiously. It was also addressed and stamped to her but at an address she hadn't lived at for more than two years ago, before she was married. It had also been on quite an adventure apparently as it was battered and dirty and must have been wet at some stage. She didn’t recognise the sender’s handwriting or address. She unfolded the short note her mother had penned and read. After a contemplative pause, she opened the beaten envelope and carefully extracted the slightly stuck together letter.
“This one should be a tasty companion for our meal. You’re happy with red tonight, right?” Adrian said stepping out of the pantry with a selected bottle. He paused and scanned over his silent wife engrossed in today’s mail. “What is it?”
“Intriguing,” she replied setting aside the note and holding up the beaten envelope. “Mum sent this letter to me that she received in the mail.”
“That’s where you lived when I met you,” Adrian said taking a closer look.
“Apparently my old neighbour, you remember sweet, old Mrs Betty next door? Her granddaughter found this letter in the gutter. Mrs Betty had taken some time and effort to find my parents address and sent the letter on to them. And Mum has now sent it on to me,” she explained, “It’s a letter from Julie, an old school friend I had bumped into again while I lived there. She had been going through a rough patch when we caught up. I listened and encouraged her as I could and we caught up a few more times before she moved and we fell out of touch again. I’ve been thinking of her a bit recently along with a desire to pray for her. It’s strange that I get a delayed letter from her now.”
“Is it? Sounds suspiciously like divine doings to me. What does it say?” Adrian asked. Miriam gave him a knowing smile.
“It’s hard to say,” she continued showing him the letter, “I can’t make out much.” The letter had been damaged along with the envelope. Water damage the main culprit. It had smudged and spread the ink. Most of the letter was illegible but for a few words or short phrases here and there.
“It’s dated two months ago,” he pointed out, “You’re right. You can’t make out much but it is surely intriguing.”
“I have her address though,” Miriam said lifting the envelope. They stood in curious silence a moment.
“Let’s dine,” she said suddenly, “Then I shall write a letter and see if all this IS divine doings.”
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