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A Different Perspective
by Kristina England

“I’m getting a tattoo of a polar bear!” Stacey said as she bounced down the stairs.

Josh rolled his eyes. Stacey changed her decision on a tattoo as much as his mother dyed her hair. Come to think of it, he didn’t know what his mother’s original hair color was...

“Should I call up the artist?” he asked.

“Oh no, I want to think on it a bit.”

He leaned into his hand to hide a smile as he jotted down the grocery list.

Last week, she was contemplating a unicorn. He told her that would be very horny of her. She’d given him a cold stare, so he replied, “Maybe I got that wrong. Maybe ornery was a better word.”

He was still waiting for the day she woke up and said, “I want a chili dog on my arm!” He needed something a bit more absurd than a fairy, pony, caterpillar, butterfly (yes, a caterpillar and a butterfly were considered simultaneously at one point), or a cockatoo.

Stacey grabbed the car keys.

“Are you ready?”

Josh twisted his right leg and leaned into the counter. He thumped his pen against the marble.

“Nope, still confirming the list.”

Stacy sighed.

Josh looked up and then back at the list. He had five cookbooks open in front of him.

“Honey, what are you cooking tonight?” Stacey asked.

“Well, I was thinking tuna casserole, but then I came across this mango fish dish and thought...”

“Oh boy, here we go again.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“Well, honestly, you change your mind about cooking as much as I change mine about tattoos.”

Josh opened his mouth, then shut it.

“What? You don’t think I know what you’re smiling about? Men...” Stacey said.

She pulled on her jacket and pushed her hair back.

“I’ll be in the car. Why don’t you bring the cookbooks along?”