Where have you been? I’ve been waiting here, watching the sunlight glide across the porch and all the shadows stretch themselves like lazy cats on the warm concrete. Even the flowers have changed from buttercups to asters in this quiet afternoon. The day is quickly passing; come inside and be with us.
Sophie sits in the corner of the door, happy to see me, from some time in the late 90s. I can’t have been gone too long since the interior door is open and I would not have left for a long afternoon that way, but Sophie has her own sense of time, like her mamá, and she and I both knew an entire season could pass in an afternoon. My front porch, my welcoming scene for over two decades, and for most of those years, Sophie waiting impatiently for me to come in.
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