What do you say to a child who doesn’t know how to pray? [Read more…] about Victoria Always in My Heart
- a rich person who has at least a million dollars, pounds, etc
- a person whose wealth is estimated at a million or more
Perfect smile, perfect body, and a laughter that could have toppled a building: this is how his friends, family, and lovers, would have described Steve Priest. Lovers, he had many. True friends, he only had a couple, and the other kind, came in cheaper by the dozen, but he reached a point where he was unable to tell the difference between the ones and the others . And family? He even had family he never knew he had. Things happen when you are worth millions.
He didn’t really care about his net worth: he was always willing to share his fortune, to waste it, as canny business owners would put it. Granted, Steve Priest was no business owner at the time: he just enjoyed testing the waters, getting his feet wet every now and then, and sometimes his business decisions were just plain wrong. In fact, Steve couldn’t remember any fruitful business decision, but he seemed to be making money just falling out of bed.
His fortune came from a distant aunt, who had passed leaving him everything: houses, lands, forests, and the most amazing mountain-top property you can dream of. That’s where Steve enjoyed to retreat after his perfervid sexcapades. Love had always escaped Steve… almost always. It was only a matter of time for things to take a turn for the worse. Steve would, eventually, fall in love, and love with mad passion. Unfortunately, when this finally happened, Steve was in his… “almost senior” years. When Steve met June he had just turned 55.
Even at this age, Steve was a very desirable man. In fact, he didn’t look a day over 45, a quality which made him an easy prey for under 40s. Older women tend to be wiser, as Steve noticed over time. Besides, he had his “black book” to keep scores: carefully organized, color coded, properly graded, and all… Oh, and he could have defeated the mighty Casanova at any given moment: so perfect was his system – that’s what he thought.
“I gotta girl in Paris, I gotta girl in Rome
I even gotta girl in Vatican Dome
I gotta girl right here, I gotta girl right there
And I gotta girlfriend everywhere…”
Lou Bega just happened to sing on the radio, but granted, he couldn’t even hold a candle to Steve. Damn Facebook and social networking! The Internet, like the Moirai, would reign over Steve’s mortal thread, bringing the wrath of the gods upon his every step. If once there was an Odyssey, this could as well be Steve’s Epopee. Or, maybe… something totally unexpected.
But before June, and in all honesty, during, there was Georgia: the virgin wife who didn’t know any better. Pure and naive, Georgia worshiped Steve’s ground, and despite knowing, as much as suspecting, his infidelities, she was always turning a blind eye, just like a good wife “should.”
But Georgia had a moment when her “blind eye” was not turned, a moment when she decided to pay back Steve for the sleepless nights, for the bitter taste in her mouth, and for the salty steam on her cheeks. Georgia cheated: a one night stand, with serious consequences in her virgin mind, but an instance that played little to no role in the developing of this affair. With, or without this, Steve’s ways would remain Steve’s ways, just like the song on the radio:
“With a little bit of this and a little bit of that
You can get what you see, you can see what you get
And I bet that you all a little bit excited
If you need a autograph, honey, I can write it
I got girls worldwide on the planet
Some called Whitney and some called Janet…”
Yes, Steve actually did have a Whitney, and a Janet, in his little black book, alongside many other names, including the very few exotic (by his standards) Fiona, Adara, Celestine, Arianna, Carlita, Ludovica and Keira. These, among at least 70 other undisclosed usual names made their way into the black book that was safely guarded by JP Morgan Chase.
There was nothing in that little black book to justify a safe deposit box at JP Morgan Chase, but Steve’s force of habit, and his need for secrecy, determined him to lock the book in a safe together with his most valuable assets: some little marble won in a game against his best kindergarten friend; some IOU signed by a high school friend… (to be continued)
Jack Frost was really upset one early Winter. He searched high and low for late veggies to freeze, eventually killing everything in his path that year. He killed the brave leader of the Carrot Army and his soldiers; he attacked the leafy spinach crops that were preparing for harvest in early Spring; and he even found some late Brussels sprouts to bite into. And then, Jack Frost was stopped in his tracks in front of Mighty Kale, a worthy opponent.
You see Might Kale was not afraid of old Jack Frost and his icy bite. In fact, the Mighty Kale was happy to feel a bit of ice on his curly green leaves. He liked the Winter, and its biting cold and white wonderland. He even liked Jack Frost, and his moody character, because without Jack Frost, the kids wouldn’t have that beautiful ice-skating rink in the valley.
Mighty Kale could also see the wonderful ice patterns painted on the windows by a better disposed Jack Frost in the night, when no one was nearby to see him.
Jack Frost was an artist, you see, and the Mighty Kale loved art. But one day, Jack Frost was moodier than ever.
Usually, there was no problem for the Mighty Kale to take rest under Jack Frost’s coat of ice. But this time, Jack was determined to terminate everything green in his way. He couldn’t fight the evergreens, of course. The Christmas trees, and other fir trees only laughed at Jack’s efforts. So Jack Frost decided to pick on someone smaller, someone from the veggie garden.
“Spring is on her way,” he told Boreas, the powerful North Wind. “My subjects are getting restless. I fear mutiny.”
“Nip it in the bud,” Boreas answered, all knowingly.
Jack Frost tried. He built icicles at the roof’s edge, but the kids laughed, and used them as swords and daggers, to play warrior soldiers.
Then, he traveled up the mountain, to fight the fir trees, but they laughed at him: “We are evergreens! Your bite of ice means nothing here.”
He tried to scare the farmers in their homes, but the people just built a stronger fire, and read fairy tales, gathered around it.
Finally, Jack Frost came in the garden, where mom and dad planted winter resistant veggies, he was decided to teach them a lesson.
He managed to defeat each, till he faced Mighty Kale, who stood up and said:
“Jack Frost, enough is enough! Why are you acting like a despot?”
“Spring is on her way,” he told the Mighty Kale. “My subjects are getting restless. I fear mutiny.”
“Your subjects love you,” the Mighty Kale answered. “They are not going to revolt. And you cannot stop the Spring from coming, no matter how many of us you kill.”
“They will not revolt because they are all frozen,” Jack Frost stubbornly continued. “And now it’s your turn.”
The Mighty Kale was not scared. He knew he could withstand Jack Frost’s bite, and low temperatures, but he was worried about the herbs. He was not very afraid for the Winter savory, but the Mint nearby looked chilly, and the Sage was pretty ragged.
“Give me your best shot,” he challenged Jack Frost.
Jack Frost covered the Mighty Kale with a thick layer of snow. Then, Jack Frost heard a muffled voice coming from under the snow:
“Is that all you’ve got?”
Jack Frost got upset: “If it’s not enough, here’s Boreas, the powerful North Wind, to break your spirit.”
But the Mighty Kale was protected from the wind by the thick layer of snow Jack Frost covered him with.
“Blow, Boreas, blow,” the Mighty Kale laughed. “Your icy breath cannot hurt me under the snow!”
Boreas went in his way, but Jack Frost wouldn’t give up. He laid on top of the snow a cold layer of ice.
“Here, this should do it,” he said, getting ready to leave.
“Ha, ha,” the Mighty Kale laughed, protected by the white snow under the ice. “You cannot kill me, Jack Frost! I am a garden super hero. Ask anyone you know.”
Jack Frost had to give up. He didn’t know that the snow protected the Mighty Kale against his icy bite and against the icy breath of Boreas, the powerful North Wind. He believed that the Mighty Kale was truly a super hero.
Sometimes, the Mighty Kale does freeze in the winter, but more often than not, he can defeat even a determined Jack Frost.
But the Mighty Kale was not known as a garden super hero for defeating Jack Frost. He was known as a super food, because his green leaves were rich in iron, Vitamin A , Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and powerful antioxidants.
The Mighty Kale is a super food because it’s great for detoxifying your body, and keeping your liver healthy. Kale is also great for immune system, keeping you safe from colds and other illnesses. And finally, Kale is great to cholesterol levels and keep your heart healthy through its Vitamin K, that prevents blood clothing.
If nothing else, if you eat more Kale, you stay healthy in the Winter, and can play outside more, when other kids are hiding, afraid of Jack Frost.
For more stories to inspire you children to eat their veggies, see “Garden Super Hero Tales” on Amazon.