By Gail Williams
He, a high Catalan, lay happy at home on the dope material. His hands sent sensation humming through his every nerve, his hair prickled, each stroke hitting embroidery humps. His hazy world rocked in helpful harmony, a soothing mother’s balm. Her boundless generosity honoured in his life. Her gift kept giving. His clothes. His oil. His weed. His heavenly haven hiding harsh happenstance.
Everything revolved around him. Enjoyment, excitement, an eco-friendly existence. Effervescent expressions of pleasure erupted from his even lips, easy echoes of his emotions. Even his work, executing evocative Eastern Mediterranean imagery, was extracted from his ever efficacious grass, and framed in rope of its herby fibre.
Memories meandered, malaise moved through him, milking memories. Maria may have misunderstood his mania for making the most of what she considered a maleficent matter. Making money had modest meaning to him; he had money enough for many lifetimes. Mother was a millionaire; motivation to make more was missing. Means he never mentioned to Maria. Merriment, mellowness, mattered more than the maturity Maria moaned he missed. Maria’s ultimatum was doomed. Maybe he might have made more effort, mentioned that marriage meant no more money misery.
Perhaps. Previous ‘partners’ had promised to partake of his pastoral life of plain pleasures, but presently pressure would be practised, pushing to provide physical products, practicalities he thought pointless. Parental pressure had proposed parallel prerequisites to perpetuate their pedigree. Proven paternity, even pre-marital had put pay to that. Propriety meant proper pledges must be made. Possible propriety proved less painful than previously postulated. Perhaps Pia presented his prospective path. Peerless Pia, provider of pleasurable peace and perceptive patience with his pharmaceutical passion, who never poised to present problems or press him to promises he was unprepared to pledge in the past. Predisposed by the passage of time, pairing now posed a pleasing possibility. Placid pothead picks up phone. Proposal persuaded the pragmatist.
Hardly elated, matrimony prevails.