The doctor prescribed sunlight but we took it a step further. We needed a new place, new surroundings. She almost threw out her hip when I said, Let's go for a drive. Destination unknown, it matters not time of arrival. Sooner than you'd think we almost didn't stop at a little store on our right.
She got out, cased the joint, met the caretakers of the place. They were two dogs across the road and I thought she's starting to know what she is. I got out my camera and it felt good in my hands. Then I took the shot, a test to check lighting. Another, two or three more until a man appeared at the screen door.
You gonna take a picture of me? He asked.
I didn't know anyone was here, I blushed, but of course I will.
Well you gotta see the store, he invited me in.
There used to be six stores and a school. Tom and his eight siblings lived right up the road. His wife sometimes asks him, Tom, when are you gonna close down that store?
When I can't stand in it anymore, he always answers.
You know how you don't know what you need until it comes and then it is like a surprise party and you are simply in awe? Best thing I ever did yesterday was meet Big Tom.
Today I am grateful for handshakes which turn into hugs and how people always seem to be there when we need them.