The freeway and most of the East Side’s roadways were shut down for the usual spate of State, County and local construction projects allowed by their short northern summers, but Bethany rolled down her Jeep’s windows and turned her car radio up so that everybody could enjoy Fleetwood Mac’s 1973 classic, “Hypnotized.”
She smiled, recalling how taken her first husband, Joseph, had been with that song, how it had led him to explore Appalachian folklore, enter a graduate program in Sociology and Literature, and to celebrate their honeymoon in a rustic mountain cabin in North Carolina, where their firstborn, Andrew, came to be.
Deciding to ignore the suggested official detours, Bethany nipped over to the road that ran along the river and below the imposing line of robber-baron manors, noting with amusement that the walking paths teemed: strollers and dogs; women in tight shorts and sleeveless tanks, topped with spidery headphones while bottomed with serious walking shoes; bug-helmeted bicycle guys with stringy leg muscles and thigh-length spandex shorts, whirring like dragonflies and resenting having to share the path with pedestrians, when they could so easily and more safely have used the street.
“So stupid,” Bethany laughed out loud at the aggressive, territorial bicyclists, at the drama of her confetti-strewn final exit from work, and how Joseph would have shook his head from his barefooted, barelegged, bare-chested place in the sandbox beside Andrew and Eloise, and loved her despite it all.
It was then that she noticed the tall blonde girl and tow-headed identical twins trudging, hand in hand, along the gravel and grass strip on the opposite, manor-side of the road.
© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2022)
And in case you’re not familiar. This is the Fleetwood Mac song referenced: https://youtu.be/fDzXbdxeeHI
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