Posts Tagged ‘adele’

Adele begins

In blogopera on May 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The first thing you must do, if you’re doing it this way

Is construct a list of attributes, both givens and desired.

Not too short and not too tall, not too round and not too slim

Eyes of blue or eyes of green unimportant in the end.

Absolutely to the smarts, but of an understated kind

The subtle sense of humour of a quick and agile mind.

Dress should be of nowadays, but dashing and refined

A head of hair is preferable, but balding can apply.

Profession doesn’t matter, but dedication does

Youthful daring and bravado should be visible but past.

No melancholy welcome and no tales of should have beens.


The list can be adjusted, reweighted, redefined

It can be a rigid policy or a set of loose guidelines

Depending on the specimen the list is flexible

The only thing it cannot do is ever not exist.


top chick

In blogopera on May 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Adele was the kind of woman about whom people would say, ‘And she’ll talk to anyone, do anything for you’. ‘Top chick,’ both men and women would agree. (That was, of course, back in the days when such words had been used, but you are right to think that such days have long since passed).

There was not a woman in the town who had not, after two too many drinks topped with ice and mixed with Coke, told Adele the types of things Adele would rather not know. Adele hid the secrets she had heard behind crude jokes and under energetic laughs.

She had seven bridesmaids dresses in her wardrobe, and they were the only dresses she owned. The story of why there is no eighth is one for another day. Adele had twice been Best Woman, a job for which she had dressed in a suit, but without the cummerbund or the bow tie.

She wore her grandmothers’ wedding ring on her left hand and lived only with her dogs of which there were always two and sometimes three (if someone was camping in a national park or taking long service leave). She drew the line at four. All of the dogs, even the visiting ones, slept in her bedroom but not on her bed.

Adele used her silence and the flick of an almost-smile to fuel the assumptions that people wanted to make. It was a trick she had learned from her mother before she had even turned ten. Her mother had also used tears, but this was a trick Adele never used.

Adele intended never to marry, a fact which may or may not be related to the missing eighth dress, but on New Year’s Eve when everyone was singing Auld Lang Syne she reminded herself that she was thirty two and it was time to have a child. It was no resolution.¬†She had decided.