Better to have green nose than be a brownnoser
Wed Oct 4, 2017 14:24

If Nolan couldn’t see that this was clearly not the case, he would’ve guessed that Myffi and the girl he was talking to were somehow related. Because wow was she sure talking a lot, enthusiastically, not leaving a whole lot of room for him to get a word in edgewise.

He tried to get a few words in edgewise. Words like “I didn’t know you could eat sunflower leaves” and “Zucchini aren’t like cucumbers, nope,” but he only got a couple of syllables in each time before he just gave up, because Nolan apparently wasn’t a good judge of when this girl had finished talking. All right, then. He would just wait.

She seemed to be really, truly done when she asked about chocolate zucchini bread, which Nolan actually did know about. When you had zucchini in your vegetable garden, it made way too much zucchini. And all of your neighbors also had too much zucchini from their gardens, and they tried to pawn it off on you and you tried to pawn it off on them (no matter how far away they lived), so it was kind of a joke that the Ramseys only locked their door during zucchini seasons. Nolan had been known to make zucchini deliveries to their farther-flung neighbors on Quint. The cattle ranchers usually appreciated it but when he went somewhere that had their own garden they tried to trade his zucchinis for some of theirs. He’d never ended up with more zucchini than he started with, but sometimes you couldn’t refuse. Or sometimes one of the kids would sneak the zucchini into Quint’s saddlebags while Nolan was talking to their mom on the porch. Quint was no help because he could be bribed with a carrot, but Nolan was getting better at catching them when that happened.

Anyway something had to be done with all the zucchini the Ramseys ended up keeping, so Marilla had a lot of recipes. Grilled zucchini, zucchini bread, zucchini fries, squash salad, zucchini noodles, zucchini chips, zucchini lasagna, zucchini muffins, zucchini pizza… basically it was mandatory to eat at least one zucchini dish per day between June and August in the Ramsey household. Some of the culinary experiments (zucchini muffins were delicious) were more successful than others (squash salad was just like eating wet zucchini ribbons).

Nolan was starting to answer when she started talking again. Guess she wasn’t done after all. But at least she’d broke in to introduce herself. Putting names to faces was really helpful at this stage in his transfer-ness. Nolan held out a hand for her to shake. “Nice to meet you, Marley. Nolan Ramsey.” He grinned back, a little more confident than she looked. “I was just gonna say, you don’t normally eat zucchini on its own, you’d put it in something else or cook it or at least put something on it. But it’s pretty versatile, you can make a lotta different things with it. At home we’ll slice it up and bake it with oil and herbs to make fries, or grill it, or make bread, or you can kinda use it instead of pasta noodles. It doesn’t taste the same but it’s still pretty good.”

A thought occurred to him, and he tapped Marley’s paper. “Maybe we should have an herb garden too. You don’t really eat ‘em on their own, but we’re gonna want to season our food, or else it’s gonna get real boring real fast.”

  • Marley was so caught up in her excitement that she didn’t even notice how weirdly the older boy sat down until suddenly he was sitting beside her and she realized that nope, it hadn’t been sudden, it ... more
    • Better to have green nose than be a brownnoser - Nolan, Wed Oct 4 14:24
      • But I literally have a brown nose? - Marley, Fri Oct 6 22:46
        Oh, phew, the older boy (or probably older) (she was really just making assumptions at this point, since she hadn’t seen him in class before) (but on second thought Marley didn’t think she’d seen him ... more
        • I think that’s different - Nolan, Sun Oct 15 17:55
          Marley got really excited by the idea of zucchini noodles, which made Nolan feel like he hadn’t explained them right. “Nah, it’s just a special way of cutting them up. Really long and thin and curly, ... more
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