Thursday, January 24, 2008
“Catherine, you are an idiot!”
The voice rose above the morning din of the outdoor restaurant. There was a hush as all eyes turned to see what was happening. Yvonne glanced over at the table in the back where the shouting had originated. She and Marion had patiently stood in line and now were shimmying their way to a small un-cleared table. Café Du Monde was crowded as usual. As they waited for the waitress to stop by, Yvonne looked at the plate of beignets that were left on the table. She was hungry and they looked good. She considered taking one. They did not look like they had been touched. Or at least one look untouched. Marion put her hand over Yvonne’s.
“Don’t even think about it!” she hissed.
“What?!?!?!?” Yvonne tried to look hurt.
“You were going to eat one from that dirty plate.”
The waitress appeared next to the table and gathered the tray full of used paper plates and empty cups.
“What can I get for y’all?”
“Two Café au Lait and some beignets.”
The waitress scurried off to place their order and wait on other tables. Yvonne and Marion sat in silence trying to listen to the street musicians that were being drowned out by the ruckus in the back.
“Catherine why do you always do these things?”
Yvonne looked over again. A woman was looking around her chair and under the table. Her companion was standing red in the face. She gave up whisked her sweater off the chair in defeat only to discover her handbag slung over the back. The man nodded, walked away from her jostling people on his way to the entrance. She followed behind with a tight smile.
The waitress re-appeared carrying a green tray with their coffee and powdered sugar laden donuts.
“Welcome to New Orleans. Enjoy.”
Thoughts after a writing workshop where the word was New Orleans and in anticipation of a business trip in May.