The Glass Bottle
Stopping at a general store for refreshments, we walk past a tub filled
with ice and soft drinks in glass bottles. Our young friend comments
that she has never had a soft drink bottled in glass, only plastic or
cans. We tell her that drinks from glass bottles always taste better, so
she asks if she can have one.
We make our way to the front of the store and she sets her bottle on the
counter. The woman behind the counter rings up the price and hands her
the bottle. She stands staring at the bottle with its pressed-on metal
cap and asks, "How do you open it?"
The woman behind the counter smiles and hands her a bottle opener that
is lying beside the register. She looks from the bottle to the opener
and now asks, "What do I do with it?" Now everyone around us is smiling
and I show her how to use the opener to pry the cap off the bottle. She
takes a drink and smiles. "You're right, this is better."
in a blossom of light . . .