She bent to gently kiss Nate’s cheek, breathing in the scent of him. When he was awake, he didn’t like to be kissed.
Not a peep. He’s been such a good boy, Mamaw said. He thrives on the new regimen. I daresay we all do!What new regimen? Dora sputtered.
You’ll have to follow it, too, my dear. We’re all committed. I feel wonderful! No fatty foods. No alcohol. She smirked. Or almost none. And the schedule . . . Honey, you’re going to love it. Carson is our early bird. She rises before the sun to go paddleboarding. Can’t help herself, bless her heart. The rest of us get up after the sun rises, around seven.Nate too? He gets up on his own? Dora asked, thinking of all the mornings she had to wheedle and cajole him out of his bed. Is he sleeping well? she asked.He sleeps just fine! Mamaw exclaimed without guile. All through the night. Why do you ask?
Dora, mouth agape, just shrugged. At home, he often awoke during the night.Mamaw went on. He is particular about his food, as you warned, and we’ve been trying our best to stick to his diet. But once the food gets past his radar . . . She shook her head and said as an aside, No easy task, I tell you! He should be hired by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyway, once it’s approved, he gobbles it right up. And his appetite! It’s something else!
Lucille came out carrying a glass of iced tea. She handed it to Dora. That boy loves him some mashed potatoes. Can’t get enough of them. He’ll eat them at every meal if we serve them. And we do, she chuckled as she walked off.
Mashed potatoes . . . muttered Dora.I don’t like to see you out here alone, playing solitaire and thinking of death. It’s a tad morbid.
I’m not feeling the least bit morbid. Quite the opposite. Mamaw patted Harper’s hand with a weary smile. Death is becoming an old friend.Harper rose and tugged gently on Mamaw’s arm. Come inside and I’ll make you a nice breakfast. Something warm.
Mamaw resisted, leaning back in her chair. I’m not hungry. I’ve just got the dwindles.How about I bring you a nice hot cup of coffee?