Living a fairly sheltered life in New England, Vesta had learned as a young academic how to be a good guest and subsequently had made use of others’ couches, guest rooms, and makeshift lodgings in barns and garages all over the United States and Europe.
She’d learned that showing up with a gift of gratitude helped ease any inconvenience, and though she was far from those days as a young woman, her trip to New York City was an opportunity to share a lovely handmade delight with her new friend Scarlett. The wee quilted pendant was stunning; Vesta almost couldn’t give it away!
She parked her Model A. She and Velma gathered their weekend bags and took the elevator up to Scarlett’s large rent-controlled apartment near the top of the building.
Vesta pulled off her leather gloves to shake hands with Scarlett.
“Thank you so much for letting us take over your space, Scarlett. You’re a dear for being so generous — and so easy-going. I brought you a thank you gift, but don’t feel pressured to like it; I nearly kept it for myself! Hopefully it will bring us all luck while we apartment hunt.”
Scarlett smiled and started to unwrap her present.