Thursday, September 16, 2010

For Dave - #fridayflash

I love this photo of Dave. He's always so happy when he's fishing.

How do I know he’s the one?
He clatters the dishes out in the kitchen while I lay on the bed, outstretched, playing with my hair. It is luxuriously soft, silken in my fingers. I have just come back from the hairdresser’s and it is blown smooth, blown shiny, infused with chocolate caramel streaks, subtle, rich, delicious. 
I am here to write, ostensibly.
But the electric fireplace is on, chasing mid-September chill, and the sheets are warm and I yawn and stretch and play with my hair and listen to him doing the dishes.
I am sleepy. My belly is stretched and full. He cooked supper while I was getting my hair done. Hamburger Helper with add-ons: chopped red onion, Montreal steak spice, fresh ground pepper. When I got home he came to the door and smiled at me, kissed me soundly then pulled me into the kitchen where he could see my hair better. His eyes lit up.
“It looks great,” he said, and he pulled me close and stroked my hair and told me he was glad to see me and asked, how was my day?
I threw a salad together, because Hamburger Helper deserves crunchy iceberg lettuce slivered fine, diced carrots and onions, grated cheddar, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and lemon poppyseed dressing.
We ate ravenously in front of the TV, watching Stargate because he loves science fiction and I love him and every once in a while he lets me watch chick flicks, even the tear-jerkers, and when we do, he cries harder than me.
When we’re done I carry the dishes over to the sink and he says, “Don’t you have a #fridayflash to write?”
So I come in here and I shut the door behind me and I turn on the computer and I start to write. But all I can hear are the rattling of the dishes; the muffled, muted rattling of dishes because he is trying not to disturb me. I listen. I feel peace soaking into my bones.
How do I know he’s the one?
How could I not know?


  1. Ahhhhh... what a wonderful love letter. I don't think you could give a wedding present to your man better than that. Beautamous. Peace...

  2. You are both lovely and lucky people.

    Hamburger Helper made with love. Nothing better on earth. Blessings to you, Cathy dear!

  3. Lovely. Wonderful. Warms my heart and reminds of of the loving, comfortable days I've had with my wives. Thanks Cathy!

  4. "watching Stargate because he loves science fiction and I love him and every once in a while he lets me watch chick flicks"

    I like to write these sorts of uncommma-tose megaclauses. This one gave me a big smile.

    Bon chance, Cathy!

  5. Heartfelt... Great stuff, Cathy. As always...

  6. Just as sure as the leaves are turning here, I knew you would put out a #fridayflash...and why not? It's still 8 days until you get married! Tons 'O Time. That nice bit of reflection makes me think that the next few days are gonna go by smoothly and you'll both be at the appointed date at the set time. Oh, and no doubt you'll have a story ready for next Friday...

    Great job, Cathy. Look forward to meeting you both soon, here on the Rock.

  7. You've got a keeper. What a beautiful post for your hubby-to-be. I think you're both very lucky people. And that is a great photo. :)

    Can't wait to meet you live and in person.

  8. Some of the best stuff written is close to the heart. Thanks.

  9. Sounds like true love alright.
    "Hambuger helper" deluxe "with add-ons"
    How could you not know indeed? Very sweet Cathy, congratulations on finding Mr. Right and your impending nuptials!

  10. So glad for you Cathy! After what you've been thru, you deserve the new found bliss you're experiencing! Bask in it's glow and enjoy! Can't believe the weddings only a week away!

  11. what a sweetie! You got the right one for sure. He's lucky to have you too!

  12. Hurray for Dave!! It nice to see a goodguy gets his props.

  13. Great last line and what a support!

    marc Nash

  14. You definitely know! Much happiness to you both. Life can't get any better than what you just described!

  15. Love is a miracle, my V often tells me. When you find it, grab onto it and don't ever let go.

  16. Love the deepness you so graciously show us here Cathy. Sounds like you've found The Catch, and I'm so happy for you both.

  17. Aww! You're so lucky and I'm *very* happy for both of you. Lovely slice of life. :)

  18. Oh, Cathy. This post actually brought tears to my eyes. I want your husband!!

    Wait. That's not what I meant. You KNOW what I meant.

    So lovely that you are so aware and grateful of the bliss you've found with your "one" many don't realize.

    You've done an excellent job of expressing your love for this man...and I hope you've let him read this. (Wipes eyes)

  19. *Sigh* This is just utterly splendid. What a beautiful love letter to what sounds like an incredible man.

    Congratulations, you are lucky indeed. Now go play some more with that hair.

  20. Aw, this is truly beautiful. I can't really say much more than that - I don't want to cheapen such a wonderfully written flash with heavy handed words.

  21. Yes yes yes! Now I'm smiling, and now I'm heading into the next room to give my husband a kiss.

  22. wonderful Cathy. Very happy for you. XOXOX

  23. Blogger is having fits this morning, so sorry if you get multiples of this!

    I have an award waiting for you. :)

  24. OMG! I love Dave, too! It's a good thing you're marrying him this weekend :-)

    He won my heart... doing the dishes... amazing!

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