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248. Shut Your Mouth
“Shut your mouth,” Ginger said as she looked
Errol. He was looking at a green parrot
in a tree.
“I didn’t even say anything,”
objected. She knew that he hadn’t said anything;
meant that his mouth was hanging half open.
do that all the time,” she said. “You
silly. Sometimes I look around to see if
are looking at you. They must think that
'm your caregiver.”
He apologized, saying he’d try to
his mouth closed when he was looking at
. “Not just when you’re looking at parrots. Whenever
’re not using your mouth for talking, you should
your mouth closed. Look at me,” she said.
demonstrated his “open mouth” position while looking at
parrot. “See how dumb I look?” she said.
laughed. “You look as smart and pretty with
mouth open as you do with your mouth
,” he said.
Since they’d already been dating for
years, he asked, why hadn’t she said anything
now? She said that she hadn’t wanted to
his feelings before. But now that she’d decided
they weren’t going to get married, and maybe
weren’t even going to continue dating, she felt
was okay to be completely honest with him.
asked her if there were other things she
not told him.
“Your underarms smell,” she said, “
after you take a shower.” He told her
the musky smell was actually attractive to some
. “Well, feel free to share it with them,”
He hoped she wasn’t serious about that,
he decided against asking her.