Chapter 14

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Abby and Mitch took in the room.

“That’s a great perspective,” said Abby.  “I’ve never seen a theater like this before.  Pine paneled.”

“I like tackling work like this, creativity in limits, your cousins make good partners.”

“I can see why they like working with you,” said Abby.  She inspected the pine details.  “How did you get the detailing so ornate?”

“Having Brian show me Roman and Greek reliefs until my eyes popped out and then a lot of hours practicing with the router.  I enjoy the way the wood smells when you work with it, how the process relaxes the mind.  It’s Zen like I think.”

“I can appreciate that,” said Abby, “ sometimes I get so caught up in my work it gets to the point where it takes over everything else.”

“That’s not exactly what I mean,” said Mitch.  “ I don’t think about it that way.  Getting caught up in something that takes over.”

“Well,” said Abby, “my work can be an escape from the world around me.  The city isn’t like out here, you have to find a place to hide from it sometimes.  It can suck you in and thrash you.  You have to work to keep yourself sane.  Isn’t that what you mean?”

“I don’t know if I am trying to hide from the world.  I want to be part of my work, what I’m doing, not a slave to it,” said Mitch.

“What’s the difference if you enjoy what your doing?” asked Abby.

“I dunno, but I think you got something there,” said Mitch.  “I don’t suppose you want any tea?”

Abby did want a cup of tea and was pleased that Mitch remembered.

When they exited the theater to the library Mitch gestured for Abby to step to the left.

“I forgot to show you the guest entrance,” said Mitch.

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