Mullberry Whine

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And When He Tells Her

Portrait of Madame Cortier, 1874, Mary Cassatt

There are little dimples in her sagging cheeks, a tribute to the youth that composes her age.  She has one of the most genuine smiles I’ve ever seen, a kindness and cheer that envelopes from chin to widow’s peak and blazes forward to interrogate neighbors’ features for shows of joy.  Her whole body, in fact, seems to spring toward one in attempt to share her eager content, to tell of her secret to effortless mirth.  She impresses as one of those rare persons who can make do with just any lot, anything life casts her way, salt or sweet.  True to form, she is still smiling, still springing, still sweetening when he tells her she has inoperable cancer.


– Step 2 CK Throw BackFrom Surgery


3 comments on “And When He Tells Her

  1. kindredspirit23
    October 12, 2012

    Well, then, I guess it’s between her and God.

    • mullberrywhine
      October 12, 2012

      Indeed. She was the type of person who I think had one of those singularly close relationships with him (or her). And now I like to think she’s chatting with him (or her) in person.

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