i spend four full days in Bellingham with them
catching them here and there, working around their
work schedules. Basil and i stay up late and read in
the coolness of their sunporch and sleep in late.
i drink afternoon cocktails with the newlyweds and eat
early evening snacks while petting Meyer. i watch her make lotion
and lip balm and make them dinner one night. we all come together
for burgers and corn and drinking games and i wake on the morning
of the fifth day missing him, ready to come home.
i unpack and find him working on his compost bins
i pick the peas, a few strawberries and water, feeling
gratitude, love and so much joy. . .