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Topic: BRAND (01/12/17)
- TITLE: A Symphony of Excellence
By Karen Dick
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Suddenly, the door bell sounded, and jarred me from my moment. The Beethoven melody sounded throughout the house, and I giggled. How clever to put a classical piece in a doorbell. The ladies will love it.
â€œMarjorie, hello! Please come in,â€ with a wide smile, I greeted my first guest in my new house, as I swung the door open.
â€œLinda, you look beautiful.â€ Marjorie scuffled into the marble entry leaning on her cane. She glanced around. â€œYour home is magnificent.â€
I smiled, and nodded. â€œWe do our best.â€
â€œYou must have the brand â€œperfectionistâ€ sewn onto you.â€ She winked and entered my living room where I had set out my silver tea service, along with Grandmotherâ€™s English china.
â€œPlease sit down while we wait for the other ladies. Would you like a cup of tea?â€ I sank into my Bergere French armchair, and poured the hot liquid into a delicate cup, as she slowly lowered herself onto the sofa. As she placed her handbag on the floor beside her, I noticed a small New Testament tucked in the side pocket. I wonder where my Bible is.
â€œThis is a lovely sofa. I havenâ€™t seen this style before.â€ She ran her hand across the rose patterned upholstery.
â€œYou probably havenâ€™t. We love this French brand of furniture, and had it imported.â€ I handed her the tea and smiled.
Marjorie watched me as she took the cup.
Beethovenâ€™s symphony sounded again, and I stood to greet my additional two guests.
We assembled in the dining room, and I directed each lady to her seat while pointing out the place cards I had made from silk paper.
Once they were settled, I announced, â€œI have created a lovely English tea for you. We will be partaking of cucumber-mint and watercress open face sandwiches. For dessert, we will have delicious raisin scones, topped with lemon curd. I also have various teas for you to choose from; lemon, peach and ginger.â€ I grinned and passed the delicate sandwiches to them.
The ladies conversed quietly among themselves as they took small bites of my works of art. When I took a small sip of tea, I noticed Janine softly nudge Patricia. A look and a wink were exchanged. I felt my face flush.
â€œIs something the matter Janine?â€ I swallowed and peered at her.
â€œOh no, Linda, everything is beautiful. But, Iâ€™m sorry; I have to be going now. â€œJanine stood, and then Patricia followed.
â€œI must go too,â€ explained Patricia turning her face away. â€œEverything is so . . . wonderful.â€
They clutched their handbags and scurried toward the front door. I followed while biting my lip.
â€œIâ€™m sorry you have to leave so soon. Perhaps next time you can stay longer.â€
The ladies waved and hurried toward their cars.
I watched them drive away, then turned back to look at Marjorie. She sat at the table, gazing at me.
I returned to the dining room, and slowly I lowered myself into my chair.
â€œIâ€™m so glad youâ€™re still here Marjorie.â€ I smiled at her, took a bite of scone, and launched into a coughing fit.
â€œAre you all right, dear?â€ asked Marjorie.
â€œYes.â€ I answered while clearing my throat. I looked down as my face grew hot. â€œWell, Iâ€™m not sure.â€
â€œWhat is it?â€
â€œI donâ€™t understand why they left so soon.â€ I choked out.
Marjorie stared at her plate, and then looked at me. â€œPerhaps they had something to do.â€
I turned my head and studied her.
â€œSome people are not quite so perfect,â€ she smiled then took a sip of tea.
My chin trembled, and I swallowed. â€œI was hoping to make some new friends.â€
â€œYes dear, but most often people just want to know you.â€ She squeezed my hand and stood. â€œI must be going too. A sewing project is calling me.â€ She laughed as she hobbled toward the door.
I followed behind her, but before she left, she turned. â€œI will pray for you Linda.â€
I closed the door and leaned against it. Where is that Bible anyway?
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