Amon asked aunt Devi for lessons once he found out girls loves musicians. He wasn’t particularly talented, but he didn’t care. He just wanted aunt Devi to teach him a few well-known, simple songs to impress ladies.
Etta didn’t really understand why. Amon’s girlfriend, Brylee, seemed impressed enough to her. She came over daily, staring amorously at him, laughing and blushing everytime he talked to her.
Etta would probably find it disturbingly amusing, but she was too busy to pay attention to such nonsense. She was much more interested in a dinner party her mom organized to celebrate dad’s birthday.
And she couldn’t wait for mom to come from work so she could assist her in the kitchen.
While Etta was busy with salads and side dishes, Melia prepared the rest of the feast.
And what a feast it was! Even those teenage grumps Amon and Seth left their rooms to join the family and the guests. All those dainty dishes just couldn’t be resisted. They’ve got everything – fabulous soufflé to kick off the meal in style, sensational, melt-in-the-mouth lamb cotlets or festive herbed salmon as mains and plethora of side dishes and fresh salads.
Etta even used her newly acquired mixology skills and prepared some simple cocktails. Needless to say, everyone was impressed.
With their bellies full and tastebuds satisfied, people warmed up. They smiled and laughed and joked.
The conversations were flowing and everyone was being incredibly nice. Even Seth. It was such a change. Such a marvelous change.
Etta noticed the difference and she couldn’t believe it. The food brought them together. It was like people were happier, like the physical food made them ready to nourish their souls, too. And what’s a better way to do that than being attentive and kind to one another?
That wonderful, sincere ambience lingered around the place long after the food was gone. The young danced and surprised everyone with their moves, the adults talked. Etta couldn’t remember the last time they spend so many hours together as a family, but she wished for evenings like this to happen more often.
The fun continued long into the night. The sun was already rising from behind the horizon when Melia brought the birthday cake. Guests were already gone, but Chris didn’t mind. The important people were there.
And with that on his mind and cheering of his children all around, he spinned into elderhood.
Chris frowned at her, acting all upset and offended, but before he could say something, Melia’s mischievous face went away and she smiled at him in that gentle, loving way that made his heart melt every time.