Forgotten Summer

He loved to eat cherries in summer, although she found his habit of spitting out the pits somewhat vulgar. He would eject the cherry stones after pouching them in one cheek as he sat on the porch step under the shade of the elephant-eared catalpa tree. For her part, she insisted on hot tea even in the zenith of the day, although she more adored the idea of tea instead of the actual consumption; her dog, Colossus, a Borzoi, would saunter over and lap up her tea from the saucer when the tea had gone cold.

wood panel painting of tree with mountain in clouds in the distance