CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTEEN
“Were you able to save the planet?” Ginger said with a little sarcasm.
“Actually we were,” Delphie said with a smile. “Your boys really helped.”
Ginger assessed Delphie for a long moment before smiling. She nodded.
“Good,” Ginger said. She smiled at them. “Don’t let me get in the way.”
“Why don’t we help you get these groceries home?” Sam asked. “We can do the tour when you’re settled.”
“You know,” Ginger said with a smile. “I’d very much like to see the tour. Everything I know about you came through your dad. It wasn’t very positive or helpful. It would be good to connect the dots.”
“Boys?” Sam asked.
He worked with the boys to put the reusable bags full of groceries into the van. For a moment, Delphie and Ginger stood watching them.
“You don’t remember me,” Ginger said.
“I do,” Delphie said. “I was always so grateful that you could help. We didn’t want Sam’s father to be without care. He had no friends, no living relatives. It was clear that we couldn’t give it because … well, you knew the man. You were a God-send. Celia thought so, as well.”
“Celia was very kind,” Ginger said.
Delphie took a step forward but Ginger put a hand on her arm. Delphie turned to look at the woman.
“You told me,” Ginger said, and then swallowed hard. “You said, ‘Don’t hesitate. You’ll make the right choice. You’ll be just fine. You really should go for it.’ Just out of the blue. You and Celia were leaving. I was showing you out. I don’t think you’d said anything to me the entire visit. Then you were leaving and you piped up.”
“I’m so sorry, Ginger,” Delphie said. “It sounds really startling. I wish I could tell you what I meant but rarely remember what I say to people.”
Delphie leaned in.
“I’m kind of an asshole sometimes,” Delphie said.
Ginger burst out laughing and then shook her head.
“No,” Ginger said. “I went back in and the old codger brought up having kids. I took your advice. I didn’t hesitate. It was good too because he wouldn’t have been able to … you know … donate eventwo days later. The boys wouldn’t be here if you hadn’t said that. And, I went on to be the doctor I wanted to be.”
Delphie gave Ginger a big smile.
“Whenever I felt down or afraid or like I couldn’t do it, I hear your voice saying, ‘You really should just go for it.’ And I do,” Ginger said. Her eyes filling with tears. “Thank you for … being with me all this time.”
Delphie hugged Ginger. When they pulled away, Delphie gave Ginger a soft look.
“Do you mind if I’m an asshole again?” Delphie asked.
“What is it?” Ginger asked. Nervous, Ginger put her hand to her chest, “What?”
“You’ll meet exactly the right person in the next day or so,” Delphie said. “It will seem like a complete accident, but in time, you’ll find that it’s the result of lots of years of happy accidents. You’ll be with her, and she with you, until the end.”
Ginger hugged Delphie.
“MOM!” the boys yelled from the van.
Ginger pointed to the van and Delphie nodded. Wiping her eyes, Ginger went to the van.
“See you at your house!” Delphie said.
Ginger turned and nodded. Gregg and George got into the van with their mother while Gary got back in the SUV. Sam followed Ginger until they reached her home. Gary raced to join his brothers to carry in the groceries.
Denver Cereal continues on Monday…
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