Betty didn’t consider herself a problem at all. While her girls discussed her problems, she was having a fine time at lunch with Alan, Barbara’s ex. Truth be told, she’d always gotten along better with him than with Barbara. “Alan, I sure wish you and Barbara could work things out and get back together. All couples have their little problems. Barbara needs to get Betsy back here where we can spend time with her. I really miss that girl. She used to spend every Saturday night with me. I know this is not my business, but is there anybody else?” Betty clearly looked on Alan as a son.
“Oh no, Miss Betty. There’s never been anybody but Barb for me. I wish we could work things out. I’d love to get my family back together.” Alan brushed things over, trying to dodge a bullet. He flagged the waiter. “Can you get me and my date some cheesecake and coffee? Miss Betty, do you still like the strawberry? This place had the best strawberry cheesecake!”
“I sure do! I ought not to have it, though. My scales might tell on me.” Betty never seriously considered skipping dessert.
“Don’t talk like that. I don’t get you to myself that often. You know you’re the prettiest girl here.” Alan grinned.
A woman in a yellow pantsuit stopped by their table. “Well, Betty. How in the world are you? I haven’t seen you since you retired. I’ve been meaning to call you, but I’ve been so busy. All of us aren’t lucky enough to retire early like you. I sure miss seeing you every day. Let’s try to get together next week for lunch. Maybe I can bring Marla if we can get off together.” She waited expectantly for Betty’s answer.
“You know Marla worked with us for over twenty years. That’s funny, Betty.” The woman in yellow waved and went on her way. “Call me, Betty.”
“Who was that?” Alan asked. He was surprised Betty hadn’t introduced them.
“Uh, just somebody I used to know. She always did talk too much.” Betty looked disturbed and pushed her coffee back. “I need to get home.” She and Alan walked out together.
“It’s been so nice seeing you. I’ve missed you. Bring Betsy by when you can.”