Welcome, Paul. It’s great having you here with us today.
Thanks, it’s good to be here.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
That’s a tricky request since I’m not especially interesting. I live in the same small town I grew up in, I design electronic systems, and I’m in the process of re-landscaping my yard. Other than that, I’m your average Midwestern middle-aged guy. Although I don’t really watch football or grill or get into mowing my lawn. Hmm.
Landscaping sounds like a nice hobby. What’s your favorite plant?
Right now I’m planting a lot of native asters and buddleia for the butterflies, but what I really want to do is put a bog in my front yard. I think my neighbors would object to that, however, so at this point I’m just going to do a rain garden, which means I’ll get to buy some lobelia I’ve had my eye on, probably pick up a few asclepias.
I don’t even know what any of that meant other than butterflies. How about your family?
Well, I lost my wife a few years ago, but my daughter, Courtney, still lives here, along with my sister and her family, so there’s plenty of folks to go around. Maybe too many. They often accuse me of hiding away in my workshop rather than getting out and about, which they think I should be doing by now.
I’m sorry to hear about your wife. What sort of things can get you to socialize in a small town? I imagine you know everyone already.
It’s true, I do know almost everyone I see around here. My sister has asked me to sit in on a committee she just organized to restore a statue here, and so I’m busy with that. I’ve also met a new person as a result, Emily Fontaine, who also serves on the committee. She’s very nice.
Your eyes just lit up when you mentioned her.
They did? Oh, well, that’s probably because I’m supposed to go over to her apartment in a few minutes and fix her dryer, which I should be able to do considering I have a degree in electrical engineering. But she’s nice. Very nice.
I believe you mentioned that before. What does she look like?
She’s ah, very nice. But young. Much younger than me. So there’s nothing going on there.
If you say so. It sounds as if you have another pressing engagement, Paul.
No, I’m not engaged to her, or getting engaged. We just met. I’m sure she has lots of perfectly appropriate young men asking her out. Not that I’m going to ask her out.
With that, I think we’ll conclude our interview with Paul Ellison, from First Choice, Second Chance by Lynn Rae.
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