“Do you notice anything different?” Marilyn asked her friend, Joyce.
Joyce studied her friend who looked like she was in her early thirties rather than in her mid-forties. There wasn’t a touch of grey in her dark tresses, she noticed enviously. She had a few grey strands. “What moisturizer are you using on your face? Your skin looks clear, fresh and it’s positively glowing.”
“I’ve been using a product called Puffy-eyed Pixies and it has been doing wonders for the puffiness and dark circles under my eyes.”
“Are you sure it’s safe to use?” Joyce was skeptical. She had had bad experiences with these types of products and had vowed never to waste money on them any more.
“Yes, it is. I made sure I read the ingredients before buying it. It has botanical ingredients and is Paraben free. It instantly reduces under-eye puffiness and dark circles while moisturizing and soothing the skin with Pixi’s DetoxifEYE hydrogel eye patches. It’s a wonderful product. I’m so happy that Jill recommended it to me. I feel great. It’s my own special pick me up.”
“Well, it does seem to be working. You don’t have any dark circles or puffiness around your eyes. You look years younger.”
“Thanks. They went away just in time.”
“In time for what?”
“My uncle’s 80th birthday party.”
“When is it?”
“It’s on Saturday.”
“Sounds like you’re really looking forward to it.”
“I am. It has been a while since I’ve seen him, Aunt Delores, Matt and Joel.”
“Matt and Joel are the cousins you were close to growing up?”
“Yes. They were more like brothers to me. Now they’re both married.”
“Is it Matt’s wife you said you couldn’t stand or Joel’s?”
“Matt’s. I like Joel’s wife, Kira.”
“Why don’t you like Matt’s?”
“She rubs me the wrong way and I don’t think she’s right for Matt. I had a friend, Lynda who liked him but he was crazy about Gina. They are expecting their second child.”
“What about Joel and his wife, do they have any children?”
“Not yet. They have been trying for a while.”
“I hope they succeed. Wanting children and not being able to have any is a tough pill to swallow.”
“Yes, it is. I’m so thankful for my brood.”
“Me too but I’m happy that they are living on their own now, though.”
“I don’t want to think about when mine move out.”
Joyce smiled. “Trust me, you’ll be happy when they do. It’s nice that it’s just Dan and me. We have the house to ourselves, can do whatever we want and if we feel like taking a trip, we just do it.”
“Sean and I are planning to take the kids to Dordogne in France in June.”
“Dordogne is known for its beautiful castles, rivers for canoeing and medieval towns.”
“Sounds like fun. Dan and I are thinking of going somewhere exotic. We’re thinking Grenada, Bora Bora, Jamaica or Hawaii.”
“All of those places sound really good. I’m curious to see which one you choose.”
“As soon as we decide, I will let you know. We’ll probably go in the third week of August when there’s a big price drop.”
“Yes, I’ve always heard that the best time to travel to the Caribbean is late August through early October.”
Joyce glanced at her watch. “Wow. Look at the time. I still haven’t gotten used to them turning forward the clock. I have to be getting home.” She stood up.
Marilyn got up and followed her to the foyer. She took her jacket out of the closet and handed it to her. “Thanks for stopping by,” she said.
“It has been a while since we’ve gotten together to have a cup of tea and chat. Have fun at your uncle’s party.”
“Thanks. I’ll call you on Sunday and let you know how it went.”
“I look forward to hearing all about it. Say hello to Sean and the kids for me.”
“And you give my regards to Dan.” They hugged and then, Joyce left. Marilyn closed the door and went upstairs to finish wrapping the birthday present for her uncle.