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Pinecrest Rest Haven

Where Mr. and Mrs. P no longer know they're married to each other.

On Friday afternoon Mr. P is walking down Corridor-Three, giving everyone he sees a one-dollar bill so they won't forget him when he dies. Different people achieve immortality in different ways; and Mr. P, a business man, always thinks ahead.
Coco is downstairs doing what the yoga teacher said: rest like a bow, walk like the wind, stand like a pine, but to be honest it hurts her hernia when she goes from the wind to the pine.
Muriel was certain this time she was pregnant, and there she is in the dispensary again complaining that they don't understand. Dizziness. Nausea. What else could it be!
And where is Mrs. P? There she is far down the hall in her green chenille bathrobe with slippers that match. She waits at the beginning of the end of the Floor, watching the old man come unsteadily toward her. She'll slip her hand in his, lead him to their bench.
(Hello, How Are You). They'll sit in the slender sun under the moon-shaped window in the bright white alcove. Unless it's already tomorrow, they might go down for tea. Fridays are peaceful at Pinecrest. When he says he misses Bing Crosby, she'll say "I know, I know". That's how new memories begin.

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