Friday, January 9, 2009
Shocking Pink Nails & Hawaii Prints
As we sat down to lunch there was a knock at the door. It was Lucy another of John's renters. We invited her in to eat with us and she accepted. Lucy is a divorced single mom who lives in the next town in a run down trailer house. John lets her have it dirt cheap and she asks for nothing. If she is late John says nothing. He has toyed with the idea of giving it to her but has let things ride the way they are fearing her kids may talk her in to selling it and then she will not have a place to live.Or they may all move in, so we all just skim along and enjoy chatting when we have the chance. Lucy is hispanic and speaks good English but she speaks very fast. I have to pay very close attention to follow her and sometime John gets completely lost. During lunch the subject of death came up. Lucy told us when she dies she does not want people to be sad or wear black. She said she wants her toe nails painted shocking pink and she wants people to wear bright colors to her funeral, maybe something like hawaiian prints. She said that is me. I want nothing to be false. Lucy told of a friend who died recently. She said the funeral wasn't him at all. He probably had never worn a suit and tie in his life but there he was all doodied up. She said he wouldn't have liked that but he would have liked that she put a pack of cigarettes in his casket and told him to smoke one for her. Lucy told us of the new leaf she is turning over to try to lose weight and stop smoking but when she dies to let her be herself. We love Lucy.