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After adding the final piece of greenery to the floral arrangement I placed on the dinner table, I take a step back to admire my efforts at table setting.
“Yes, I do believe Emily Post would be proud” I mumble in a soft voice. I can’t even remember a time I have used this dinnerware set or sat at this table but I want everything to go well tonight. I suddenly see a silhouette appear across the table and glance to see Tina approaching the sliding glass door leading to the veranda. I eagerly make my way over to meet her..
“Hey..Come on in” I offer sliding the glass door open for her to enter.
“Would you like some wine?….I have a nice Merlot or if you prefer white?
“Merlot will be fine”
“Great..Just have a seat…Dinner will be ready shortly”
“It’s really beautiful here” she remarks as I bring the wine and glasses and to the coffee table and sit next to her.
“Thank you..Were you able to get any rest?”
“Do you have everything you need?”
“Oh God yes..Way more than I could ever want..I haven’t had accommodations like this in like…never..It’s kind of overwhelming but in a good way” she replies in such a grateful tone
“Good I am so glad..I want you to be as comfortable as possible while you are here…Here you go” I say handing her a glass of wine and watch her take a sip.
“Mmmm..This is very very good..”
“It is isn’t it?” I agree while taking a sip myself..”My publisher Gloria owns a winery in upstate New York..She sends me a case every once in awhile”
“Oh wow..How does she have time to do that and be a publisher?”
I shrug my shoulders slightly
“That’s Gloria…The winery started out more as hobby for her but she still finds time to tend to the business side of it”
“I wish I could be that successful one day. I mean I have dreamed of being a professional artist ever since my Mom bought me my first easel and painting set when I was 10..My parents did they best they could to help me pursue my dream..They couldn’t afford to send me to art school so after graduation I worked a few jobs and bartended to save money but…”