Tuesday, January 6, 2015
An Unusual Resolution
By Miss Gloria from Lucy Burdette's Key West food critic mystery series
I always get a little melancholy after the holidays, but I don't think I'm unusual do you? I think my roommate Hayley believes that it comes from me being old as the hills LOL. She doesn't put it just that way, but I pretty much know what she's thinking.
Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's have been so much fun since she's gotten to town, my little houseboat feels like a party all the time.
And now that she's gone back to working like a crazy woman, and her mother Janet is back in New Jersey tending to her man, I've decided to take a volunteer job. Maybe your town doesn't want 80-year-old volunteers, but here in Key West we're valued like gold. When Hayley heard that I was training to be a guide in the cemetery, she went nuts.
"Why can't you pick something like being a guide at the Hemingway house? You'd get to talk about all those cats? Or good gravy, you could give tours at the Oldest House or the botanical garden?"
But I just laugh and tell her it's not morbid, it's fascinating history. If you want to learn about Key West, go to the cemetery. You'll find the struggles between families, and how people feel about their deceased family members and the terrible history of war-- it's all there. I love to bring the past alive for visitors.
They come in thinking the only stone worth viewing is the one that says "I told you I was sick." But they leave just brimming with excitement about the island's history.
Anyway you'll hear a lot more about my new job this summer when FATAL RESERVATIONS is released in July. (You can pre-order it now.) But meanwhile if you haven't gotten your copy of DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS, I modestly recommend it.
Do you think you'll take a volunteer job after you retire? What will it be?