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Richard
J.
Lloyd
 JOR
1620
 200
Word
Profile
 17.Nov.
2009
 
 
 Virginia
opened
to
the
stranger
at
the
next
table
who
agreed
that,
yes:
this
 weather
was
something
else.
Virginia
leaned
towards
the
stranger
and
spoke
of
the
 damage
this
November’s
warmth
will
bring
to
next
year’s
crops.
She
lives
just
north
 of
Farmington
Hills:
“the
country,”
where
she
was
sure
to
see
the
effects
of
a
 premature
spring.

 Then
something
in
the
weather
opened
memories
of
her
childhood:
of
her
 father’s
acre
of
farmland;
rising
early
to
work
it;
and
years
later
seeing
her
father
 denied
employment
as
a
Ford
engineer
because
of
a
heart
attack
at
the
age
of
forty‐ seven.
He
wasn’t
right
after
that,
and
ten
years
later
he
died
a
young
man.
 The
problem
with
people
today
is,
they
don’t
want
to
work.
Look
at
her,
eighty‐two
 and
she
hasn’t
stopped
to
retire.
Virginia
puts
in
a
few
hours
at
her
own
antique
 business
when
she’s
not
raising
champion
dogs,
or
canaries,
or
goats.
 “People
can
re‐invent
themselves,
I
truly
believe
that.”
 The
rise
from
the
table
recalls
a
trouble
with
arthritis,
but
she
needs
no
help
 and
waves
the
stranger
off.
Before
leaving
the
restaurant,
she
impishly
asks,
“Are
 you
a
Democrat,”
as
if
in
conspiracy.



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