This and That
The mermaid to entertain the 80th birthday party for my timeless girl, Betsy, was already booked so we had to improvise.
The mermaid apparently swims in pools where the parties are being given and “entertains” the crowd.
People, I am not making this up. And, I also didn’t ask what “entertains” means. I was hoping for Bette Midler’s Mermaid, but I don’t think that was it.
The recession apparently has not yet hit Osterville on Cape Cod because the mermaid was swimming or doing whatever she does in several other pools on this particular August evening.
So, we did a little of this–Arts and Crafts with acrylic paints, and a little of that–family trivia questions–and tossed in a few words about the birthday girl’s amazingly beautiful timeless toes to fill the aquatic talent gap.
What every blue stater knows: you don’t need mermaids to have a good time.
Plus, I smelled particularly herbaceous because my cousin gave me a new fancy bottle of perfume: Mark Jacobs, Basil.
I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I grow basil out back for free and have plenty of it. But, it is true–I have never before used it behind my ears.
I’m thinking of my own scent now:
Single for a Reason, Eau de Mole.
I’ve got one of those out back, too.
©Pat Coakley 2008
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