It is Tuesday, and you are back at your place of employment, being gainfully employed, and for that you are thankful.
Thankful….ayyy! Look at the calendar! It is already the second week of November!
There is so much to do in the next two weeks. First you will have to order your free-range, humanely-dispatched, heirloom turkey from the butchers shop, you know, the shop with the hipster butchers who have the tattoos and the ironic handlebar mustaches.
Yes, these young butchers, who ride home each night on their fixed-gear bicycles, are generally well-intentioned, knowledgeable about the meats, and friendly, but still, you miss Stan, the old Polish butcher with the big belly and the twinkling eyes.
Things have not been the same since Stan sold out to these jackanapes and retired. Stan always had time for to flirt with the old ladies, and tell the little jokes, or to give you some beef neck bones for the dog. And the fresh kielbasa he made every Tuesday in the back of the shop was sublime.
These new people, they stock fancy Italian sausages, which they refer to by the pretentious term salume. But… the meat is still good, if more expensive, and you’ve developed the appreciation for the heritage breed animals.
So, you get out the phone and dial up shop to place your order, 15 pounds should be big enough, yes?
“Stanislaw’s Meats,” says the familiar voice on the other end.
“Stan? Stan is that you?”
“Yeah, it’s me, Mrs. G.”
“I thought you retired, Stan.”
“Nah. I got bored sitting around the house. The missus yelling at me all the time. So, I come back to work.”
“Didn’t you sell the shop?”
“I did. I’m just here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, helping out. These boys, they’re good butchers, Mrs. G., but they don’t know the first thing about sausage, so I’m making some kielbasa today.”
Let us give thanks for the small but vital pleasures of life, for good food and good people.
Speaking of the sublime things for which we should give thanks, shoes!
Such as these Bette Suede and Mesh Slingback Platform Sandals from Gucci. And look, they are also available in the black, for evening wear.