|Edward Hopper, 1947|
Picture supplied as prompt for Magpie Tales.
"Really? I think my knees look fat."
"No, you look wonderful, and that bathing suit is great. I've never seen it before."
"Silly. Of course you haven't. You were away all during The War, then you came home, and we got married, and I was pregnant last summer, so I didn't swim, but I told you about this bathing suit."
"Oh, is this the one? The very one?"
"Yes, this is it. Mother and I were going up the coast to visit Dad at the fish cannery, and he called the boat to ask me what I wanted for my birthday."
"Oh, yes, I laughed when I got your letter. You forgot he was calling on the ship-to-shore radio, which everyone could hear..."
"Yes, and I told him I wanted a bathing suit. So he asked, how much?"
"And of course he was asking how much it would cost..."
"But I didn't think of that, so I said, 'Enough to cover the important parts' and..."
"And everyone up and down the coast heard you! That's so funny!"
"Yes, they sure teased me every time the boat stopped to let passengers on and off, all the way up to the cannery, and all the way back."
"So, this is it, is it? Well, you're right, it is enough to cover the important parts. And I'm serious: to look at you now, no one would ever, ever believe you had Kay in December."
*Based on an entirely true story involving my parents and grandparents, and me, although I don't really know what year Mom got the infamous radio call about her bathing suit. She might have been younger, when she and Dad were dating, before they got engaged and he left to go overseas during World War II. They were married shortly after he came home. The date of the painting made me think of Mom's bathing suit, and my first trip to the beach. I was the first baby Dad had ever known personally, so he was sure I was very big for my age.
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