Katherine has been coming here for years
she was married for three decades
to a man who came to the Pfister to just to jog.
He died ten years ago
so, recently she asked the divine,
“could you please send me a boyfriend who does yoga?”
After she asked she didn’t expect a response,
so instead of waiting around for love
she went camping.
While she was out there in the wilderness
she met an interesting man
they talked quite awhile
and when they were done he asked for her number
but for whatever reason she wouldn’t give it to him
so it took weeks for them to run into each other again
but when they did
he asked her for her number again,
so this time she did
and now she’s spending Christmas
and New Years with him,
her new boyfriend
who just so happens to practice yoga.
He wants to serve lobster on New Years Eve
which is frankly,
a tad daunting for Katherine
who has never eaten that before.
She is a woman with habits,
she comes to the Pfister
every year to visit with Val at the bar
after doing some shopping at Boutique B’Lou.
Her bags of loot sit on the stool beside her.
Inside the paper bag wrapped bounty
are Nepalese bracelets of woven beads
of which a portion of the sale
goes back to helping the women crafters of Nepal
and their families to live more complete and healthy lives.
So Katherine bought a few of these seed bead wonders
and took one out for me to touch
it feels like a snake
in a good way,
I know, I have touched snakes
they are cool
cool and smooth,
in a bumpy way
but I have slithered myself into tangent
back to the story
this is how Kathy shows her love:
three moose are in the mail
(Or is it meese? Like geese?)
I don’t know what they look like
or if they are alive,
but she gestures how big they are
these moosen are headed
for Kathy’s great-grandchildren
who live in Minneapolis.
This morning she went shopping for the yogic boyfriend too
and he’s going to get
shrimp, champagne and chocolate cupcakes,
I know, I asked,
and now you know too.
And what did Katherine learn from all this?
She laughs, “Maybe I should pray more often.”