|Leafy greens are good for your health.|
When Bronwyn and Kathy left, a guy with dreadlocks approached the table. “Do you mind if I ask you something?”
Not to presume what it might be, but let’s see, the last two strangers to strike up a conversation at Buster’s had said, respectively, “You’re so brave!” and “Why you not have hair?”
“I couldn’t help but overhear you talking about an oncologist,” he said. “Do you have cancer?”
“Yeah, I’m going through cancer treatment,” I said, because the chemo is for hypothetical, microscopic, undetected cancer. The only cancer we knew about for sure is gone, bitches.
“Have you tried medical cannabis?”
“Sort of…. I mean, I haven’t had a really hard time with chemo side effects or anything.”
For years, I would explain to people that I just didn’t get high when I smoked. Some benevolent pothead in the group would say, That’s because you’re not doing it right. I’ll get you high. Then they’d try, and I wouldn’t feel anything stronger than I’d get from a couple of sips of wine. Finally, I stopped taking drags when joints were passed around because I realized that to do so would officially mean I was smoking just to look cool.
“Is it okay if I pray for you?” Dreadlocks asked.
He bowed his head and retreated. I kept working on my freewrite. When he left a while later, he handed me a lumpy, folded envelope and whispered, “For your health.”
That’s what I call faith in action, y’all.