February 11, 2003
The next day, he took her downtown to buy red shoes. She’d never been taken shopping by a man – who noticed details and had opinions, yet. And said “We’ll take both” when she couldn’t decide between the red and the black. And browsed the hosiery department and had preferences in fishnet. Bought a $25 belt like it really mattered. And didn’t grab the first crystal flutes, but asked for the complete toasting goblet tour and touched everything. And didn’t the saleswoman speak French, because she had lived in Montreal and spent time with her then-boyfriend on his farm outside Sutton.