Background Notes — Last Times
Early drafts of this included a lot of other last times. Some have already happened, for instance the doctors she is done with. Some will be coming up soon, like the last time she writes one of her favorite poetry forms. Some last times will never happen, like one friend she had wanted to kiss but probably now won’t. Some last times will never end, like the kiss she will give her child before she leaves.
She saw some of that drafting and said it would work better if I just simplified it all down to what started me on it. The beets.
I’ll take her word for it. To my tongue, beets only go but so far, even with her secret recipe. At least she knows all of what I was thinking. If the version she recommended doesn’t go past the beets, maybe she had something in mind in keeping it so.