On Wednesdays, Delores, from Under The Porch Light, has a meme which she calls
“Words for Wednesday”.
She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem.
I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.
It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?
This week's words are:
Here is my story:
(an instalment of the Angelo-Cordelia saga)
Summer had been in full swing for a couple of months now and every day the mercury was rising in the kitchen thermometer. Surely it must start to cool down soon, autumn was only a few weeks away.
Beth Silkie and her daughter Cordelia were seated in the shadowed corner of the yard where the largest oak tree in town grew right next to a giant magnolia. Under those leaves the temperature was at least 15 degrees cooler, maybe even twenty.
Cordelia was engaged to be married and the excitement at her approaching wedding was reaching fever pitch. She was going to be Mrs. Angelo Carmine!
Beth said, as they sipped home made lemonade in tall glasses clinking with ice cubes, "you must remember Cordy, the wedding is an important day, but it isn't the only part of a marriage. It's the fanciest part, but only the beginning.
You and Angelo will have many, many years together. Some days will be good, some will be bad. There will be fights, then you'll make up.
There may be outside problems that need to be faced and these will have to be faced together. The very essence of a marriage is the togetherness.
You cannot be flippant and make jokes when Angelo comes to you with a problem. Even if you don't see the problem, you'll need to listen and discuss. Talk things through. Eventually you will see what it is that he may be worried about. A solution can be found. Perhaps a compromise is necessary.
One of the most important things to remember is never, ever, be nonchalant about the money. Finances simply must be discussed. The earlier the better in my opinion. And often. Set aside a time for a weekly or monthly discussion on income and expenses. Be prepared to cut back on things when times get hard. Discuss how much each of you will have as carrying around money. Be prepared to adjust that amount if necessary. "
Cordelia listened to what Beth was saying. She and Angelo had already had a similar discussion and she knew too, that Angelo, right now, was having the same talk with his parents.
For a moment her thoughts wandered as she wished her dad could have been here too, for this important talk. He could have held Beth's hand and helped calm her nervousness a bit. But daddy had important business over in London and wouldn't be home until the end of this month.
Cordelia brought her mind back to what Beth was saying.
"Don't make the mistake of living on credit. Couples just starting out don't need to have every luxury they see on television shows. Each new thing saved and earned over time becomes more of a treasure because of the effort involved. It's more satisfying to work for something than to just go and buy it. On top of that, think of the bills that come in after you've bought things on credit, with all the added interest. I've known too many people speeding along the road to divorce because of money problems that weren't discussed and worked out early enough."
Cordelia nodded agreement as she poured more lemonade for them both, adding a good number of ice cubes to each glass. She already knew most of what her mum was saying, they'd talked extensively over the past few months, but she also knew her mum was a bit nervous and needed to be able to say all this to her. After all, this was the first wedding for both families. Her mum felt the need to give advice and Cordelia would listen. It would be easier on Beth when each of Cordelia's sisters eventually married. Beth would sail through those weddings like a trouper.
Thank goodness this wedding was planned for mid autumn, it would be so much cooler then and guests could wear their fanciest outfits without worrying about sweating and fainting from the heat.
Beth continued, "try to not have a baby straight away. Wait a while and get some money in the bank. Gather baby things before you need them if you like, while you are still working and can afford to pay for them. The big stuff like a cot and pram. Classic styles never go out of fashion. You can store them in the basement here, there's plenty of room."
Cordelia hid a little smile at that piece of advice. It was something she and Angelo had already discussed at length. They'd planned to be married at least five years before trying for a baby, after all Cordelia was only 21, (almost 22) and Angelo just 23. There was plenty of future ahead for babies.