Rosemead Kiwanis Club
"Serving the Community Since 1945"
The Fax of Life
A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley
March 2, 1997 Vol. 2, No. 17
Lady, Are You Rich?
They huddled inside the storm door -- two children in ragged outgrown coats. "Any old papers, lady?"
I was busy. I wanted to say no -- until I looked down at their feet. Thin little sandals, sopped with sleet. "Come in and I ll make you a cup of hot cocoa."
There was no conversation. Their soggy sandals left marks upon the hearthstone.
I served them cocoa and toast with jam to fortify against the chill outside. Then I went back to the kitchen and started again on my household budget.
The silence in the front room struck through to me. I looked in.
The girl held the empty cup in her hands, look at it. The boy asked in a flat voice, "Lady ... are you rich?"
"Am I rich? Mercy, no!" I looked at my shabby slip covers.
The girl put her cup back in its saucer -- carefully. "Your cups match your saucers."
Her voice was old, with a hunger that was not of the stomach.
They left then, holding their bundles of papers against the wind. They hadn't said thank you. They didn't need to . They had done more than that.
Plain blue pottery cups and saucers. But they matched. I tested the potatoes and stirred the gravy. Potatoes and brown gravy, a roof over our heads, my man with a good steady job -- these things matched, too.
I moved the chair back from the fire and tidied the living room. The muddy prints of small sandals were still wet upon my hearth. I let them be. I want them there in case I every forget again how very rich I am.
---- Marion Doolan (from A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul)
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