Mums the Word

In her British accent, Texas asked Bishop, as he paid Helene for the cup of coffee, “How long should I keep mums outside in these colder temperature?”

Bishop wrinkling his face, said, “I wouldn’t leave your mom outside, ever.”

“Not mum,” Texas shot back, “Mums!”

Bishop took a sip of coffee, rolled his eyes, and replied, “Ain’t enough coffee in the world,” as he headed out the door.

“What does coffee have to do with flowers?” Texas turned and asked me.

I smiled, answering, “Now you’re jus’ showing off.”

Texas was still confused when I left the store, heading for the Wild Jubilee Refuge, south of Virginia City.


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