Harry stretches his toes luxuriously, tucks in the sheet under his armpits, grabs the TV remote, and flips on C-Span.
On the west lawn of the White House, a diplomatic correspondent is reviewing the President’s schedule for the day: 6 AM power breakfast with a Pacific Rim trading group, formal state luncheon at noon for the Cultural Minister of Hong Kong, high tea with the Dalai Lama.
‘Mandarin, Cantonese, Tibetan,’ Harry ticks them off on his fingers. ‘Lucky I laid on those extra Taoists. A person can’t have too much spiritual backup these days. We’ll be sending in the junior acolytes by noon, mark my words.’
The buzz of a juicer drowns out the remainder of the President’s day, but Harry doesn’t care. He breathes in the heady aroma of breakfast and smiles the unshakable smile of the nutritionally content.
The trials of Babel can wait.
This is Paradise, here and now.
Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball. Episode 11: Play Ball! Episode 12: How ‘Bout Them Dawgs! Episode 13: Mercy! Episode 14: Harry Gets Mad! Episode 15: Harry and the Hopelessly Inadequate Ballet Buffet. Episode 16: And Now Sam’s Mad! Episode 17: The Last Goodbye. Episode 18: The Big Breakup. Episode 19: Chocolate on Her Mind. Episode 20: Life without Harry. Episode 21: Life without Sam. Episode 22: Of Rice and Men. Episode 23: Lasagna to the Rescue! Episode 24: Together Again! Episode 25: Black Velvet! Episode 26: Romance on the Town! Episode 27: Dancing! Episode 28: At Long Last Breakfast!