Welcome to SeniorVu’s daily ‘flash fiction’, with the continuing saga of Mary Lu at the Vu. Mary Lu is a 78-year old fictitious resident of a fictitious senior living community called Hickory Hills View (a.k.a. The Vu). Every night, while her husband Bobby (he’s fictitious too) sleeps next to her, she sends her sister Carolyn (yup, fictitious) an entertaining email updating her on the day. These are her stories. We hope they become as addictive as your morning cup of coffee.
Disclaimer: Even though these stories may sound familiar to your community, the story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this series are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.
Betty Morgan’s luck hasn’t run out yet.
In fact, her latest bit of good news came with a geography lesson.
Betty announced that she and her husband will use their $10,000 lottery winnings on a trip to the Seychelles. That’s apparently a chain of islands off the southeast coast of Africa. Betty’s granddaughter went there last month and sent back some of the most gorgeous beach photographs you’ve ever seen.
“Is it wrong to wish for a tsunami?” Jackie asked, after Betty wrapped up 20 minutes of yapping and left to share her story with another group of poor souls.
While hoping for a natural catastrophe is a bit extreme, we’ve all had about enough of Betty Morgan’s look-at-me moments.
“She needs a good shunning,” Noreen announced.
I wasn’t sure what Noreen was getting at.
“In some cultures when a person’s behavior violates the social norms, they get shunned. Cast out. Made to feel unwelcome. Shamed.” Noreen explained, with a wicked grin. “It’s time Braggin’ Betty had a good shunning.”
Noreen laid out the prescription. No saving seats for Betty at dinner. No inviting her to come shopping. No scooting over to make room for her in yoga. The shunning, Noreen said, would continue until Betty dismounted her high horse, or got tossed back to earth.
Angela, bless her heart, was confused.
“We’re doing this because she’s spending $10,000 on seashells?”
“We’re doing it because she’s insufferable,” Jackie said.
I didn’t want to go along with Noreen’s plans. Don’t get me wrong. Betty is driving me crazy, too – but it seemed a little mean.
Then I heard the squeal.
“Oh, have mercy!” she screamed, looking at a message on her phone. “Mercy! Mercy! Mercy!”
Mercy is right. We all skedaddled before we could find out what Braggin’ Betty’s latest stroke of good fortune was about.
Let the shunning begin.
P.S. To catch up on all of my previous Mary Lu at The Vu posts, click here to go back to Day 1.