What can YOU say in six sentences?
In the supermarket, he pushes the cart, leaning heavily on the handle, while she darts back and forth, adding eggs, milk, bread, cereal, hurrying to keep up with his slow, steady pace.
He wedges the dog food bag in the bottom rack, brings down things from the high shelves;
wordless, grimly bored, they travel around the store. At the checkout line she unloads the cart, he swipes his bank card across the ATM processor; outside, they hesitate and then he points, and they cross the parking lot to their black Toyota, baking in the sun.
She says something barely audible, and he frowns: "for crissake speak UP, will ya, you KNOW
I can't hear all that good" and silently they unload the groceries, he starts the car while she stores
the cart in the carousel.
At home, they share the honors of bringing in the food, letting the dog out, putting away the groceries; and
then he retires to the couch, remote in hand, as she retreats to her scrapbooking room. The only sounds
are the TV turned to nap volume, and the air conditioner covering everything with a monotonous hum.