This is part of an article taken from the “Day-to-Day” which was written by René Eniksre of her interview with the Fumbleton family.
“Well! How’s that cookie Miss René?”
Karen beamed at me expectantly. I had forgotten I had taken one of her cookies earlier and that it was still clutched in my hand. Seeing her encouraging smile I quickly took a bite. The cookie was on the gooey side and tasted more of baking soda than anything else, but I smiled and nodded my head. She seemed satisfied.
“So, Mrs. Fumbleton,” I said, swallowing the bite of cookie and feeling it cling thickly to my throat. I coughed. “What are your thoughts on the ‘Blue Button’?”
Karen’s eyes lit up and she clapped a hand to her chest. “Oh my goodness! That little button! My goodness, I just don’t have words… no, I really don’t! It’s just a wonderful little gadget- solves anything! And the people you meet, gracious! It’s just the most fascinating little blue button in the world!” (I heard a loud cough from the kitchen and Eugene poked his head around the corner, looked at me and rolled his eyes. I smiled.) “And the people you meet!” Karen continued, “Oh! It’s just so fascinating! I don’t know what I did before I had one. My dear mother.. she sent it to me for my birthday, you know. She would’ve come but she lives all the way up in Minnesota and can hardly see to drive anymore. You know, I really wish everyone had one [a blue button]. They should sell them at the store. Don’t you think?” I nodded.
“So is that where you’re from? Minnesota?” I asked.
“Oh yes dear!” she exclaimed. “I was born and raised there. I moved down to Kentucky to attend the University here where I met Eugene. I was studying cake decorating and he was studying the history of Scotland. Both fascinating, but completely useless subjects,” she laughed.
“What are your hobbies?”
“Oh! I love knitting, you know- scarves mostly. I’m usually good at baking, that is- when I don’t burn things. And I adore bird watching. I see Cardinals quite a lot in our back yard, and some Blue Jays, but I really just love Morning Doves, I think they’re just the most chubby, adorable birds! Most of all I love taking care of my sweet family. You know my poor boy Alex has just so many problems! He’s allergic to just about everything! When he was born he had to be hospitalized for two weeks! He can’t hardly go outside, can’t eat any kind of seafood, meat, starches, or sugar. ”
“Wow… what can he eat?”
“Nuts, lettuce, vegetables and things like that. He’s very good about it all. Well, help yourself to more cookies, I’ve got to start a load of laundry! It was so nice to meet you Miss René!”
Mrs. Fumbleton flitted out of the room, tripping slightly over her own feet.