Burnt Toast.

By Alison June 17, 2006 16 Comments 2 Min Read


So there you are standing in Borders with a wailing child and  a heavy heart when you notice that there  is a really rather good looking man following you around the Self-Help  section.  You ignore him and chatter on in a really rather nutty fashion to a child  going off his little head listening to your inane whittering, and pretend instead to be absolutely fascinated  by a shelf  full of books on how to put your marriage back together. And then you see it: the book your heart has been looking for: "Dumped! A Single Mother Shoots From the Hip", a tome that promises to tell you how to start a new life in Italy when quite frankly you’d expected to live in France for the rest of your proverbial….

So you pick it up joyously and skim though  the pages uttering faint yippees! of recognition at every turn, when  all of a  sudden a man shaped shadowed darkens your delight.

"You haven’t have you?"  Says he.

"Haven’t what?" You reply.

"Been dumped?" Say’s he.

"Well  yes!"  You whisper indignantly. "After fifteen years, with  a two year  old babe…"

"…And  a beautiful face." Says  he.

You blush and smile and mutter thank you, and pick up a book on how to cure an addiction to smoking you don’t have. And then he taps you on the shoulder and says, "It doesn’t matter you  know, because you are going to  make a  yummy  single  mummy."

To which your son replys, "She’s not yummy, she’s yakky."

And you and the stranger laugh. And you feel almost human for a minute and recklessly throw "Dumped" and Teri Hatchers "Burnt Toast" into a basket already piled high with magazines, and walk away feeling a million dollars and eternally grateful to a man with kind eyes and just the words you needed to hear.

Because you may feel like burnt toast at the moment, but it sure as hell doesn’t look like you are going to have to eat it for the rest of your life…


  1. Kim says:

    What, you didn't get his number??? Heeheee, just kidding.
    Thank God for those people out there who are like little angels, appearing just when we need them & saying just the right thing, never knowing what they have done for us.

  2. ~NANCY~ says:

    Oh yay and goodie for you! Nothing cheers the soul more than a kind word from a stranger (nice looks help tremendously!) when we are expecting it the least and needing it the most.
    He was only wrong about one thing….you are ALREADY a "yummy single mummy"…you just have to learn to believe it and embrace it.
    Keep us posted. I worry about you (and Finn) all the time!

  3. melissa says:

    Oh, a nice, perfectly timed compliment can last a person for days.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  4. gena says:

    Oh you go girl!they ought to be forming an orderly queue for you!

  5. Susana says:

    Yipee Skipee! 🙂

  6. Meredith says:

    Isn't it wonderful to know you've still "got it goin' on!" Even attracting men with a toddler in tow…you must've looked awesome!
    Good for you!!

  7. Crystal T says:

    Look at you. 😉 Got it going on and you didn't even know it! Good for you.

  8. Mindy says:

    WOOHOO!!! Way to go Ali!!!!

  9. ms*robyn says:

    I have said it before and will say it again, Mark is going to shake his sorry head oneday, wondering what the hell he was thinking when he left you & Finley. And you know what? You won't give a damn. You will have survived !!! You will have gone onto bigger and better things and who knows, you may be living in France. And yes, that man was indeed an angel. my love to you xoxo

  10. ~NANCY~ says:

    Oh. Wow.
    I made Ali's ebay wish list.
    I am SO thrilled and honored you like my "Love is All We Need" pillow top embroidery piece!
    Since I admire your tastes and eye for the best treasures, I feel like I am among "the chosen".
    Thank you, thank you!

  11. Heidi says:

    Wow – that made my day to hear that! Nothing is more fun than browsing through a book store, well,except for such lovely compliments from a nice fellow! We all think you're fabulous Allison, you have a wonderful week!

  12. Savannah says:

    Fabulous!!! Didn't you just feel like Diane Lane or whatever her name is in UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN? And have you seen that? If not, go rent it immediately. "You got it, yeah, you still got it! YEAH!" Hugs!

  13. Mimi x x x says:

    Fantastic! Isn't it wonderful to feel on top of the world like that? You ddeserve it!

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  15. Kimmie says:

    Mayhaw jelly on your burnt toast day.

  16. Stephanie says:

    I was so pleased to read this! I am a relative newcomer to your blog and still cannot remember who gave me the link to begin with. I was sharing your sorrows with my husband and the cute video of your son. My husband said "Her accent is sexy. Obviously she needs to find an American man who can appreciate an exotic foreigner." He also shook his head in disgust that someone would want to abandon that cute boy of yours.

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