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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Two for One Deal

He’s reaching for the glove box as we pull up to the red light. 

He pulls the coupons from his breast pocket.

“What are you doing?”

He glances from the coupons to the light to the paper-clipped offers he’s taken from the glove box.

“Organizing,” he says.

“Hmm,” I say.

“What?” he says, turning bright blue eyes at me.  “A man’s got to organize.”

I keep my own counsel.

He looks up at the light again.  “No, really,” he says.  “Sitting at a red light is an excellent opportunity to go through your coupons.”

“Maybe for you to go through your coupons,” I say.  “I like to do mine while showering.”

He has the sense to grin.  “Like this one,” he says.  He checks his rear view mirror, then pulls a small piece of paper from the pile  “You see this?  Because we went through the paper this morning, I know this is on sale, limit of ten.  I’m going to get ten at the discounted price, but the coupon I have says buy one, get the second for free.”  He smiles.  “I’ll be swimming in Dr Pepper.”  He leans over, takes my hand.  “Don’t you want to be swimming in Dr Pepper, Pearl?”

I turn to look out the window, mostly to hide my amusement.  “You buys you ten, you gets you eleven.”

He squeezes my hand quickly as the light changes, then puts both hands on the wheel.  We pull ahead.  

He is smiling into traffic.  “Pearl,” he says quietly.


“Kurt,” I say.

25 comments:

Shelly said...

:) ;)

Eileen B said...

A guy who understands the value of using time wisely AND swimming in Dr. Pepper is an unusual find.

Pearl said...

Shelly, I agree. :-)

Eileen, well if you want to come over, I think he has, now, at least 20 two-liter bottles.... :-)

Delores said...

A man who appreciates coupons, knows how to keep afloat in Dr Pepper and knows enough to keep his eye on the red light...a keeper Pearl.

jenny_o said...

Kurt knows a Pearl when he sees one. Yep. If this is Chapter One, I'll buy the book.

You squeeze so much into so few words. I'm so happy you are writing again. And daring to be happy again.

Joanne Noragon said...

Ah, Pearl, date them, but don't marry them.

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

Oh! Love love love.

Linda O'Connell said...

Do the math and make sure it all adds up. You write the funniest stuff.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
.... on the other hand, Dr Pepper... yeeeccchhh... You are the queen of little moments, Pearl... keep 'em coming. YAM xx

Catalyst said...

Joann has it exactly right, Pearl.

River said...

Having worked checkout in the not so distant past, I sincerely hope the coupon system doesn't start up in Australia. Hours of trying to explain to customers this coupon is out of date, that coupon belongs to a different chain of stores etc would drive me over the brink.

Elephant's Child said...

My life is complicated enough without coupons.
I am however, really, really looking forward to hearing more of this story. Soon. Please.

Jono said...

He sure knows how to make good use of time and organizing coupons IS very productive. At this age I should be so organized.

Sioux Roslawski said...

Is Kurt a prospective beau? Or just a man with a BEAUtiful attitude?

Jacquelineand.... said...

Keep it coming Pearl, I've missed your eloquent 'small' moments.

Gigi said...

So we know he likes to organize (good) but is he willing to cook and clean??

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Just make sure he has not appeared on Extreme Couponing, Pearl. Of course, he might have a year's supply of cat food in his basement. That could make him a keeper.

Jocelyn said...

This is YOUR BEST. EVER.

Should Fish More said...

Oh Pearl, you tease.
I'm reminded of the famous verse...."...if we had but space and time, this coyness lady, would be no crime. The grave's a fine a private place, but none do there...."

Glen said...

At least tell me that this business of sorting coupons at red lights would stop had the radio played "I Love Rock n Roll"

Everything stops to sing along to that.

everything

fact.

Geo. said...

A man who uses coupons. I don't understand but I'm very happy for you! This is a development of rare promise.

Diane Tolley said...

Really?! Dr. Pepper?! And coupons?! You've found the perfect man.

Watson said...

Sounds fun, Pearl! :-)

Buttons Thoughts said...

Swimming in Dr. Pepper would be sweet Pearl.:) Hugs B

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

And here I thought waiting in line at the cash register was the perfect time for sorting my coupons!