Moon day: Autumnal Equinox

I spent the morning with the twins, teaching. Lunch was fish stew thick with chili and rice noodles, a particularly pleasant red broth. It was a gift from Meyni, stolen away from her cooking for her paying guests in celebration of the autumnal equinox.

I always startle a bit when the inner door opens, for we use only the outer. The children, more casual, lounge on cushions like young jaguars. Pang does not reach for the knife at his belt.

The door swings open, and Heiye is already pouring a cup of tea.

Meyni sweeps in, her skirts a good wholesome brown today but the laces of her dress red and showing almost half her breasts. Those are, as ever, substantial, made more so by the baby coming, and she settles her clay pot, about the size of a man’s head, on the table by my stove.

“Meyni, good day,” I say, waving her in though she is already there. “How fares the holy day for you?”

“Fine joyful,” she replies. “I thought this might sooth some spirits up here.”

I lifted the lid of the earthenware and got a faceful of eyewatering steam for my trouble. Closing it again, I looked at her.

“You think we need soothing?”

She raises her hands, gesturing at me, “Oh, no, no. Nothing like that. I’ll just be going, blessings of the sun on you all,” Meyni said, and beat a retreat.

Sometimes I do wonder if that girl thinks I am going to eat her. Strange.

Comments (4)

llubnekJanuary 9th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

“Those are, as ever, substantial, made more so by the baby coming, and she settles her clay pot, about the size of a man’s haed, on the table by my stove.”

“haed” should be “head”

“Those are, as ever, substantial, made more so by the baby coming, and she settles her clay pot, about the size of a man’s head, on the table by my stove.”

adminJanuary 23rd, 2011 at 12:15 am

Thanks! Edited. That was an embarassing one.

K KJanuary 15th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

“I’ll just bein going” – I’m not sure what “bein” should be, or if it is a choice to echo Meyni’s speech pattern.

adminJune 24th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Fixed!

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