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He rubbed his eyes, he was so sleepy.
Farming wasn’t easy.
Oh yes, the hottest jock on the block was now your average run-of-the-mill farmer. But he liked this life. The smell of the mud on his hands, good physical hard work, sweat pouring down his back as he walked up and down his fields, talking to his crops…
Yes, he talked to his crops. People would think he was plain loco if they knew what he was doing but it was something which Jane had taught him. He smiled at a particular memory.
‘Your house is so green.’ He looked around admiringly. ‘How did you manage to grow such a fine garden in this heat?’
Jane smiled,’I have a little secret, I talk to my plants’.
He snorted,’Yeah right.’
Jane’s eyes went wide,’No, I do. I reallly do!! Last year, they were wilting and not doing well despite me trying everything so I started talking to them and look! Healthy as can be’
He gave her a suspicious look. Soon, both of them cracked up at how ridiculous she sounded.
He looked at his watch. It was 6 PM.
Wearily, he drove back to his house and sat in front of the computer. There was a mail from her. He’d received it a few weeks ago but he hadn’t opened it. Maybe it was time. It was a link to a video.
‘ Hey you…..I’m sorry I couldn’t attend your mother’s funeral…I’m so sorry.’
He paused the video to look at Jane, with little Jean propped up on her knee. Andy was no where in the picture. Maybe he never had been. He clicked on play again.
‘ But Jean and I..’
‘BABY JANE’, protested the little girl as Jane smiled, ‘I stand corrected, Baby Jane and I have prepared something for you. Hope this will cheer you up.’
Jane took a guitar in her hands and played the same song for him which he had sent to her a few years ago, while her daughter danced in front of her.
The Jane he knew was tone deaf so he knew the amount of effort she would have put into it. He replayed the video again…and then once more. He sniffed, trying to suppress the lump in his throat.
Her love was in that melody. It had always been there. It was still there. Despite everything. Despite him not being able to give her what she had wanted so many years ago, despite her being married for years, despite her raising a beautiful child, she still had enough love left in her for him. He walked outside to the porch and looked at the sky, softly humming to himself…coming to terms with the fact that life wasn’t always perfect, life wasn’t always fair and how lucky he was to have one person who loved him no matter what. She was a fool, but it was ok. The world could do with some more fools like her.
Tears welled up in his eyes again but he didn’t care. It was worth it.