Pinecrest Rest Haven
Where Mr. and Mrs. P no longer know they're married to each other.
On Friday afternoon Mr. P is walking down Corridor-Three, giving everyone
he sees a one-dollar bill so they won't forget him when he dies. Different
people achieve immortality in different ways; and Mr. P, a business man,
always thinks ahead.
Coco is downstairs doing what the yoga teacher said: rest like a bow, walk
like the wind, stand like a pine, but to be honest it hurts her hernia when
she goes from the wind to the pine.
Muriel was certain this time she was pregnant, and there she is in the dispensary
again complaining that they don't understand. Dizziness. Nausea. What else
could it be!
And where is Mrs. P? There she is far down the hall in her green chenille
bathrobe with slippers that match. She waits at the beginning of the end
of the Floor, watching the old man come unsteadily toward her. She'll slip
her hand in his, lead him to their bench.
(Hello, How Are You). They'll sit in the slender sun under the moon-shaped
window in the bright white alcove. Unless it's already tomorrow, they might
go down for tea. Fridays are peaceful at Pinecrest. When he says he misses
Bing Crosby, she'll say "I know, I know". That's how new memories begin.
Pinecrest Rest Haven audiotape is available for $11.50 (includes
shipping and handling). Send check or money order to:
The Bunny and the Crocodile Press
1821 Glade Court
Annapolis, MD 21403-1945