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“Yeah,” La Tonya nodded. “Blane asked if maybe I could help him with his practice. Heather has always been his office support but she has another job?”
“He said that he thought I might be able to help,” La Tonya said.
“What do you think?” Jeraine asked.
“I think. . .” La Tonya nodded. “Before all of this. . . I would never have worked with an acupuncturist.”
La Tonya shook her head.
“Never,” La Tonya said. “It just wouldn’t be legitimate enough for me.”
“And now?” Jeraine asked.
La Tonya sighed. Jeraine waited.
“If you baby-brother can be flexible enough to run his fancy concerts without a crowd,” La Tonya said. “I think I could at least try.”
Jeraine grinned. La Tonya turned to look at her brother.
“I still have my license,” La Tonya said. “With the pandemic, I could go right back into the hospitals. . .”
“That doesn’t sound smart,” Jeraine said.
“Right,” La Tonya said. “It wouldn’t be smart. I need. . .”
La Tonya’s eyes welled with tears and she shook her head.
“I feel like someone died,” La Tonya said. “Like a part of me died. You know. I was so. . . proud of. . . wanted everything to be perfect and. . .”
Jeraine watched his sister’s face.
“Now,” La Tonya shrugged. “If I help Blane, I can help people, make some money, and. . .”
La Tonya nodded.
“Did you know that Blane did this?” La Tonya asked. “He told me that it took him a while to get his feet under him. He worked for Jake and then stayed there until he was done with school. He went back to work at the construction company again last month for the pandemic.”
Jeraine nodded. La Tonya leaned toward Jeraine.
“I might go to Chinese Medicine school,” La Tonya said.
“Ooooh, how radical!” Jeraine said. “You naughty girl!”
La Tonya laughed. Her laugh brought her eldest daughter to the sliding glass window.
“Oh,” La Tonya said, starting to get up.
“Miss T is there,” Jeraine said.
They watched Tanesha herd the girl away from the window.
“I could have help,” La Tonya said, to herself.
“Yes, you could,” Jeraine said. “You’re not alone.”
Surprised that he’d heard her, La Tonya gave him a long look.
“Blane’s going to give me acupuncture today,” La Tonya said. “He said it could help my depression.”
“Blane’s helped me,” Jeraine said. “Miss T sees him every week. Keeps her strong.”
La Tonya nodded. They sat in silence as they finished their coffee. When Jeraine looked at La Tonya, he saw that she was smiling.
“What?” he asked.
“He says that I had acupuncture with him before,” La Tonya said.
“I don’t remember it at all,” La Tonya said. “I must have been out of my mind.”
“There’s the truth,” Jeraine said, nodding.
“I have this feeling. . . this feeling that my life is moving into spring,” La Tonya said. She blushed. “That sounds dumb.”
“It sounds about right to me,” Jeraine said.
La Tonya laughed. Jeraine squeezed her hand.
“Looks like Nelson’s making breakfast,” Jeraine said, looking into the main area. “He makes the best coffee.”
He stood up and held out his hand. She looked up at Jeraine and took his hand. They walked together into the house.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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