A thousand dishes

A thousand dishes

A Story by Clarence Cormier

This is a short story about an acadian hosting his first Tea & Sweets party at the cottage


Mes ventes d’art commencent.  L’école est terminée, les touristes y sont et le soleil se montre la face.  J’ai parlé de toi hier durant mon premier Tea & Sweets afternoon.  Mais oui, j’ai invité  7 personnes pour déguster Tea & Sweets chez moi, entre 2 à 4, sur mon gazon.

J’ai sorti 3 tables et j’ai abouti avec 7 chaises.  Les nappes et assiettes blanches (coton), ma vaisselle Blue Willow et ma vaisselle japonaise Mikasa (white porcelain).

On s’amuse quoi! À la fin on a pigé un nom pour gagner une de mes peintures grandeur 7x9", une reproduction de Picasso Boy and lamb ou Boy with lamb.  Très belle! Le tirage était fixé!  Je voulais Ghislaine comme gagnante.  Alors j’ai écrit tous les noms sur un papier (devant eux) puis j’ai plié chaque papier et je les ai placés dans un sac que j’ai placé dans ma poche gauche.  J’ai fait une excuse more tea?, j’ai rentré chez moi, switched bags (j’avais préparé l’autre sac avant avec 7 papiers, tous pliés pareillement, tous avec le nom de Ghislaine.

Une fois dehors, Oscar Award Performance, j’ai fait accroire que j’avais oublié le drawing.  Ah oui le tirage!  Je sors le sac de ma poche gauche…Ariane tu as l’honneur de piger le nom du gagnant!

C’est Ghislaine!

She was so happy…and that was the plan. God will forgive me.

Back to the sunny 25° with the mild breeze as we all sat under the white birch trees next to the weigelas in full bloom.

The menu (iced water and lemons at their disposal)

(1)    Classic King Cole orange pekoe tea from Sussex NB

(2)    Organic egg & cucumber sandwich on cheese bread

(3)    Hot tea biscuit served with black currant and black cherry spreads

(4)    Organic banana-raspberry-walnut bread with a generous heap of whipped cream


… thunder roared in the distant, Maggie ran under the blooming spiraea bushes, I reached for her, comforted her and placed her inside the air conditioned bedroom…with a Milk Bone cookie, that she ignored.  Now that’s fear


(5)    Caramel squares (toothpicks provided). Orgasmic!

(6)    Organic pineapple cream cheese squares. Simply to die for.

Everybody’s bellies were satisfied and full.  Those with bellies were stretched a bit more at the end of it all.  At 4:30, a thousand dishes awaited and everyone left with a smile.  The black skies drifted in as I heard them roaring far away.  I hurried to bring tablecloths, napkins, cups, glasses… left over food in the cottage.  Tables & chairs were next and the vase of peonies, nepetas and ferns.  I decided they would enjoy the rainfall to come.  Windows closed, Maggie still shaking, pineapple squares calling out my name, the thunder bolted down.  I jumped.  Maggie ran under the writing desk…down came the rain and in the sink my hand’s went…till the sun set. 

When we went to bed, all was back to normal.

Today on my agenda…rien, absolument rien.  On se repose, on mange, on fait de la lecture et je laisse mes cheveux en porc-épic.



© 2015 Clarence Cormier

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Added on August 9, 2015
Last Updated on August 9, 2015
Tags: acadian, summer, french, english, tea, storm, dishes, drawing, dog


Clarence Cormier
Clarence Cormier

Grande-Digue, New Brunswick, Canada

I am a canadian writer from New Brunswick who also paints miniatures, watches birds and enjoyes life with my dog Maggie. more..