You know that animal rescue commercial? The one with the music so pathetic it makes you cry? Well one night when I had PMS so bad I gave in. No, not to make a contribution. To actually get a pet. Two weeks from that night I had adopted the(more) cutest Bagel. Yes, I said Bagel. He is part Beagle and part Basset. He can jump 5 feet in the air from a sitting position. His eyes can melt your heart. He can dart out the door without warning when you are on your way to work, wedding, dr appointment it took me 6 months to get. To secure his safety we moved to the country. Living in NY my entire life I could walk to the nearest store. Now it is a 20 minute drive to the store. After living at our tiny lake house for a year I met someone from the area at a party. He asked what part of the town I was from and I gave him my street name. He chuckled. I inquired as to what was so humorous? Had I moved to the murder house? He proceeded to inform me that in this town you tell someone where you live by what corner store you live by. He said he's by Tom and Bob's. What is your corner store he asked. I replied "having gone there nearly every day I should know that. I'll have to take note and get back to you." He proceeded to give me his number so I could meet him for coffee when I found out. The pathetic song from the commercial suddenly became my anthem, my Bagel famous for this story, and now I know I live by the PV Market. My corner store. (less)
Tourmaline remembered a time when her sister was bearable, even cute. Ascella was the typical baby sister: Following her big sister around like a lost puppy, trying to imitate what she did all the time...
"Hey, Ascella, you want to come somewhere with me?" Tourmaline asked one bright summer's day.
Ascella, being only three, nodded eagerly. "Where're we going?"
Taking Ascella by the hand, Tourmaline replied, "It's a surprise."
At that time, the corner store they went to was a candy store, and Tourmaline bought some sweets for herself and Ascella to share.
As they grew up, however, it went from being a candy store to a toy store, and from a toy store to a book store. By the time it was a book store, Ascella was twelve, and already growing into herself, away from her big sister.
Tourmaline sighed. She wished her sister had come to like books as she did. Then they could still go to that same corner store together. Then again, Tourmaline supposed, she had spoiled Ascella when she was little.(less)