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Re: Lonely (Elaine)

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  • Elaine Westheimer
    Charles, Alicia and two other couples once gathered together in this parlor, or in another. Theirs was a group of good friends who entertained each other with
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2003
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      Charles, Alicia and two other couples once gathered together in this parlor, or in
      another. Theirs was a group of good friends who entertained each other with
      pleasantries, poetry, prose and song. Alicia is unsure how the
      meetings began. It was so very long ago. She is the last of those gentlefolk.

      Even after chldren were born, they found a way to meet nearly every week. Their
      youngsters grew up and moved away and the couples continued their Saturday get-
      togethers untill illness and then death took them one by one--even Charles. Now
      Alicia lives alone.

      Flares of strawberry and tangerine spark and sputter in the fireplace. Alicia's wooden
      rocking chair is close to the hearth so that she benefits from the heat. A box of
      birthday chocolates, from a farway grandson, rests on her lap. After church
      tomorrow, she will open the rolltop desk, fill her fountain pen, find a page of cream
      stationery with its matching envelope and, in an old-fashioned hand, will send
      the young man a note of appreciation. But tonight she is lulled by the sound of gentle
      rain. She dozes rememebering other Saturday nights when there were dripping
      umbrellas in the hall.
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