For some reason she cannot explain, MayBelle feels compelled to let you know that her husband, Precious (shown here with his hands at ten and two), quoted Bullwinkle to her yesterday while he was driving her to the post office. Something about a “Mister Peabody.” MayBelle has no idea who Mister Peabody is, and when she “googles” the name, she is relieved to find out that the Bullwinkle show ran from 1959-1964. Seeing that MayBelle was born in 1961, she can’t be expected to know much about this particular show, now can she? (Precious, having been born in 1954, has a few years on MayBelle. And, although she hates to admit it, a better memory.)
MayBelle is used to Precious spouting off quotes from various sources—she has been married to him for 10 years after all—but usually it’s Shakespeare or Plato. Or some conservative political pundit. Or people she’s never head of. But yesterday it was Bullwinkle. And although MayBelle can’t even remember how Bullwinkle came up a mere 24 hours ago, she does remember that she and Precious laughed themselves silly. And on this clear, cold day in February when MayBelle has a head cold and the workmen are still not finished with the bathroom and the dog, Hiram, seems to have a new skin allergy, that is enough.