The Michael and Virginia Story Chapter VIII: Southern Hospitality And Potato Salad

The following morning at four fifty, Virginia got out of bed to begin her work day, as she went to the bathroom to shower. And after getting done with that, she got dressed and grabbed something to eat from the fridge, before finally leaving her apartment at five forty two… And as she was walking out the door, Virginia was checking out the Weather app on her phone, and that’s when she remembered that she still has Michael’s umbrella… But she decided that she would hold onto it for a little longer, to see how much he really wanted it back…

So anyway, Virginia arrived at the bus stop at five forty nine, and Michael joined her a couple of minutes later…

“It’s a clear morning… A far cry from yesterday”… Said Michael.

“Yeah… And relatively warm… For this time of year…

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O yeah… I forgot to bring back your umbrella… I’ll bring it to you tomorrow”… Responded Virginia.

“I’m off tomorrow… And Sunday… So…”… Replied Michael.

And Virginia responded by staring at Michael for a few seconds…

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“I know you told me that you have to work on Thanksgiving… So I was thinking how bout I make you that home cooked meal on a day you have off”… Said Michael.

“Seriously?… You really wanna make me this meal”… Replied Virginia.

………. ”… Responded Michael.

“I have Monday and Tuesday off… So how bout one of those days”… Replied Virginia.

“I work on those days… How bout late Sunday afternoon or evening… You do work the morning shift dontcha”?… Asked Michael.

“Yeah I do… But… You know what… Yeah you can come over around four or five… I can use the company”… Answered Virginia.

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“So what kind of food do you like”?… Asked Michael.

“Honestly…”… Replied Virginia.

And then Sycamore Route pulled up to the bus stop…

And Michael allowed Virginia to board it first…

“You get on first”… Said Virginia.

………. … Okay”… Replied Michael.

So Michael boarded the bus and swiped his bus pass card, before going to take a seat near the front of the bus… And Virginia followed shortly thereafter, and sat next to him…

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“So what kind of food do you like”?… Asked Michael.

“Huh?… Ah yeah… Um…

(Writer’s Note: I really wanted to insert a person sucking their teeth sound effect link, because you know… – SOME – people do that before they’re about to say something, but the only two I found sucked – Pun unintended -, and looking for a picture of someone doing it was… Well, see for yourself ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. … And the last two links – Which were the first two that I looked for – honestly put me in a bad mood for a handful of minutes… Who would think that searching for a picture of someone sucking their teeth would produce such loaded search results… Which is the reason why I inserted this Writer’s Note… And one more thing… Google and Bing really suck ass… Now back to the story…)

… I like a lot of foods… Pork, beef, chicken, lamb… I pretty much like all meats… I would say that the one food that I loathe is potato salad… Well not just potato salad, but salads in general”… Answered Virginia.

“Why’s that”?… Asked Michael.

“I don’t know… It’s just that they’re not tasty… I’m always more hungry after I eat one than before…

My best friend. Karla, loves salads… She adds chicken and turkey and bacon and beef and whatnot in them… And I feel like if you have to put meat in it, then why not just take the vegetables out of it, and put some bread, mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, and mustard on it?… It’ll be much tastier”… Answered Virginia.

“Well I love salads... Try to eat one as much as I can… It’s literally one of the most versatile meals out there… You can do so much with it… You can have an all vegetable salad… You can have vegetables with fruits mixed in salad… You can have a combination of vegetables and meats salad… You can add fruits, nuts, grains, beans to change the texture of a salad… The options are limitless… Plus you can add many varieties of cheeses to the salad, as well as the different dressings and oils you can use as toppings…There’s just so much that you can do with salads…

You’re friend and I should meet up one day… We can swap recipes with each other”… Responded Michael.

“Well me and salads are like politicians and decency… Were never going to like each other”… Replied Virginia.

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“So I guess I should rule out making a salad then…”… Said Michael.

“O no… I would never tell you what to make… I’ll just kindly deposit it into the waste bin when you leave… I am a Southern Belle”… Replied Virginia.

(Writer’s Note:  I’ve always wondered why southern women love to call themselves a Southern Belle… And there are a couple of articles that I came across that does some explaining about the problem with that term, and the culture behind it…You can read them if you want… But personally I’ve always had a question about the south… And Michael is about to ask Virginia that question…)

“I’m assuming that Southern Belle means a nice woman…

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… Which I think is a close relative to Southern Hospitality… So why do you people in the south do such inhospitable things?…

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So I read the book you recommended for me…”… Said Virginia.

“Uh… O yeah… Those books… So which one are you talkin’ about”?… Asked Michael.

“What Are You Thinking About Miss Hurley?…”” Answered Virginia.

“So what did you think about it”?… Asked Michael.

“I enjoyed it… It had some unexpected twists that I didn’t expect… The author of the story has a unique way to explain things”… Replied Virginia.

“Glad you liked liked it”… Responded Michael.

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“Ohhhhh… I forgot to bring you back your umbrella… And I really needed it yesterday coming home, because it was pouring”… Said Virginia.

“Well you’re welcome… I’ll get it on Sunday”… Replied Michael.

And a couple of minutes later, Sycamore Route arrived at the complex…

“So I’ll see you on Sunday… I’ll make sure to not make any salads”… Said Michael.

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Okay… See you then”… Replied Virginia.

And then Michael and Virginia parted ways to head to their respective jobs…