Stella Serves Second Helpings Zoe’s Cue:  SECOND



Stella popped a pan of enchiladas in the oven while waiting for Frank to return from the airport with his sister, Nan, and her husband Tom; this was their second visit, and Stella was praying they’d decide to relocate.

Such an immense transition was neither simple nor inexpensive for a couple on the cusp of retirement; but Stella thought she and Frank were a convincing example that, with a little faith, the second half of adulthood could be an adventure.

As the kitchen filled with flavorful fragrance, the door opened on Nan’s laughter—a lilting above the men’s voices—and Nan and Stella rushed into each other’s embrace.

Over dinner, Nan exclaimed about the larger size of Stella’s new dining table—which led to a spirited, dramatic recital of the “famous furniture fiasco’s” fabulous finale.

Tom noted, “You missed your calling, Stella—Nan told me you’re writing stories, but you could pursue a second career in theater.”

“Careful, Tom,” Frank affected sternness:  “when Matt Dillon was filming a movie in town last year, suddenly my dear wife ran out of all grocery staples, had to shop at the market everyday—the one right across from Matt’s hotel”; amid his family’s bursting guffaws, he added, “I feared I’d lost her to Hollywood’s klieg lights and that slick weasel…sorry…younger stud.”



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26 thoughts on “Stella Serves Second Helpings

  1. Ah, yes. Planning for retirement. I’m sure Nan and Tom are interested in the property tax rates that Stella and Frank pay. At least that’s what is on our minds as we enter the second half of adulthood – or the better part of childhood when you’re an adult that gets to act like a child.


  2. It would certainly make sense to live near such good friends to share the joys of the coming years with them. Sometimes, though, it’s not so simple.


  3. It would be wonderful to live near family that you enjoy spending time with! I love how Frank loves to tease Stella a bit, and she takes it with good humor. I would enjoy them as neighbors, I know. I would like to think the second half could be happier times, more free than the first. At this point I’m not so sure it always plays out like that. There are just new/different things to be concerned about, but the good part is that we are more sure of ourselves, less worried about what others think! 🙂


    • Thanks Josie. The reality is that, whatever the stage of our lives, there are challenges. Nan and Tom will enjoy the novelty–assuming they move near Frank and Stella…but they’re all going to get older, and that brings plenty of worries and losses; at least they’ll have each other.


  4. Thank you for the blessing of transporting me into Frank and Stella’s worlld! I just want to stay there. :). I liked Davy’s comment . . .he’s so right about Stella and Frank.


  5. “… the door opened on Nan’s laughter—a lilting above the men’s voices—

    very nice image or whatever the word is for stimulating a remembrance of an experience not necessarily the same, but providing a linkage to the words of the writer


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