Did Someone Say Coffee

Malik and Stacey exchange a hug. Malik looks at Stacey and says “wow, you’re even more beautiful in person” Stacey replies “thank you”, as they both sit-down. Stacey thought to herself, this man is fine. He has the right amount of salt and pepper, he’s well groomed and he smelled so good. He was also well maintained physically. Malik did mention that he was on an adult baseball team. Malik asks Stacey if she had trouble finding the coffeehouse. “She replies, no, it was easy to find”. Their waitress walks over and says “Hi, my name is Patrice and I’ll be your server for today. What can I get started for you”? Stacey ordered a peppermint mocha, made with oat milk, an extra shot of espresso with no whip cream and Malik ordered an Americano black. He’s a real coffee drinker  Stacey thought to herself. Patrice asks if they needed a food menu and they both say yes. Patrice says, “okay, let me go put your drink orders in and I’ll be right back shortly”.   As soon as the waitress walked away Malik looked directly into Stacey’s eyes. Stacey immediately blocked that energy by clearing her throat and asking about the food because she’d never been there before. Malik smiles and tell Stacey all about his favorite choices. The waitress returns with their drinks. She asks them if they’re ready to place a food order. Stacey orders a turkey, apple with cheddar cheese sandwich, along with a side salad. Malik orders a turkey club sandwich and a salad as well.

The waitress returns with their order. Malik holds his hands out to Stacey; he leads them in prayer. Stacey loves a praying man. Check, she thought to herself. Stacey put a check next to his name on her mental checklist. Malik was turning out to be a lovely surprise. Not only was he well educated, but he was also well traveled, professional and outside of his job of being a film editor he owned several apartment buildings. Malik was also very creative. This is where he and Stacey connected the most. They fished up their food. The two of them sat and talked almost four hours straight. Honestly, Stacey felt like she could’ve talked to him all night, but they decided to end their evening. Malik walked Stacey to her car.  He gave her a big hug, one that she didn’t realize she needed. He whispered in her ear that he thought she smelled good. That was enough for Stacey to break the hug. She looks at him, said thank you and quickly got into her car.  

As Stacey’s pulling off her phone vibrates.  It’s a message from Malik asking her to text him when she makes it home. That did make Stacey smile. Stacey drives home thinking about her date with Malik and how much she enjoyed his company. Fifty-one wasn’t looking so bad after all. Malik was mature, cultured, communicated well, and he was a praying man. Stacey wasn’t interested in being more than friends with anyone, but she wanted to get to know more about Malik. That was until………

Until what? Find out next week to see what has Stacey so guarded.  

THEM TOOLS

Stacey loved her Saturday mornings. She hopped up, made her bed, opened her blinds, turned on some music and danced her way down the hall to the kitchen. Instead of tea, Stacey made herself a mocha latte. She was happy, dancing and sipping her very hot latte, making sure not to spill it. Stacey walks into her room and walks over to her sitting area. She continues to enjoy her latte, when suddenly she receives an alert on her phone. When she looks down, she notices it was from that dating site Joy signed her up for. Stacey clicks on the message. It was from a fifty-one-year-old Malik. Stacey lets out a sigh. She sighs because Joy knows that Stacey doesn’t really care to date older men.

Malik is very handsome Stacey thought to herself. Malik was a real blend of Cory Gamble and Kanye West. Stacey clicked on the message. Malik message says, Hi Stacey, how are you? Stacey replies, Hi Malik, I am well. How are you? They continue to message each other throughout the day. In between Stacey messaging Malik, she’s also messaging Christine, Michelle and Joy giving them the rundown. The ladies all want to know what he looks like. Stacey grabs a screenshot and forwards the picture in their group chat. They all say he’s handsome.

Stacey was feeling light and free. She planned on painting all day. Stacey walks into the den. She grabbed her apron from the back of door and puts it on. She walks over to her easel, stands in front of it and says, “Divine help me to release and express”. Stacey feels like the Divine helps her to release emotionally. She also feels more and more connected and grounded when she’s painting. Stacey grabbed her paintbrush and let it go on the canvas. When she finished, she had another beautiful piece. The canvas was covered in the most beautiful shades of blue, purple, gold, and orange. Often, when Stacey would finish these paintings, she could hardly believe she painted them. She kept some of the paintings. A lot of them she sold on-line. She has an on-line lifestyle shop. That’s another thing about Stacey. She’s a go getter and is full of ambition. Stacey didn’t always have a lot, but she always has enough. The way Stacey’s mind works has never allowed her to look at things from a place of lack. She was the oldest of six. She knew how to make things work. If they didn’t have bread, they used crackers, if they didn’t have pancakes, they made potato cakes. If they didn’t have lotion or was running low, they mixed cooking oil in. So, see Stacey has never lacked anything. She was very resourceful.

Stacey cleaned up her mess from painting. She ran herself a hot bath. She added her favorite lavender and lemon bath salt, with some eucalyptus oil. She then grabs a bottle of Prosecco and a wine glass, a small plate of berries, crackers and cheese. Stacey sits everything on her bath board. She tells Alexa to play her Roy Hargrove playlist. She takes off her clothes and steps into the hot water. She lets her body sink down into the tub. The hot water felt like silk on her caramel skin. Stacey closes her eyes. The aroma of lavender, lemon and eucalyptus filled her nose. She grabs herself a wine glass. She tosses a few berries into her class and then grabs a piece of smoked gouda and places it on a cracker. She nibbles on the cracker and sips her Prosecco. Stacey’s phone vibrates. She wipes her hands off on her towel nearby. She grabs her phone. It’s a message from Malik. He asks her if it was okay if they switched numbers because he wasn’t always on the app. Stacey thinks what the hell, if he’s crazy she’d just block him or change her number. Her phone buzzes again. This time Malik was texting her from his phone number. Stacey saw it as harmless until her asked if they could FaceTime. Stacey blurts out “for what” at her phone. She then also thought to herself. You are on a dating app entertaining a man that you just gave your phone number to. She sighs but agrees to FaceTime him. Stacey takes her hair out of the ponytail she had in. She put on some eyeliner and lip gloss. She texts Malik to ask him if he was ready. He says yes and her phone starts to ring shortly thereafter. Stacey grabs her phone. She takes a deep and answers with a warm Hello. He says well Hello Ms. Stacey. Stacey blushes, “How are you Stacey replied”?  “I am well, Makil says”. Stacey and Malik FaceTime well into the night. He seemed very nice, and the conversation flowed well. Malik finally asked Stacey if she was comfortable with meeting him in person for coffee. Coffee was the magic word. Stacey paused for a second. She immediately scans her mind for a reason to say no. She couldn’t think of one, so she agrees. He suggests that they meet at a coffeehouse near his job the next day. He sends Stacey the address. She screenshots the address to Joy and says I’m meeting Malik tomorrow I’ll feel you in later. Joy replies to Stacey’s text with an emoji. The shocked face emoji. She texts, you better call me in the morning.

The next day comes. Stacey is now wondering if she was ready for this meet-up she agreed to. She wasn’t sure what to wear. She wanted to cancel but she knew she need to face her fear. Malik seemed harmless and nice. He was easy to talk to and he was easy on the eye but during their conversation yesterday he’s said something that Stacey needed like to get clarification on. Them tools that Dr. Goodwin had given her were coming in handy.

It’s time for Stacey to start getting ready for her coffee date. Stacey decides to wear a pair of bellbottom blue jeans a white tank top with a wide brown leather belt that had the cutest gold buckle. She pared it with her brown and gold leather sandals. Stacey decided to go with a fresh face. She did however put on a little highlighter, eyeliner, and her pink lip gloss. She pulled her hair up into a bun. Her fragrance of choice was an imported oil from Israel. It was her absolute favorite fragrance. She would normally save her more expensive things for special occasions, but she’s remembering to use her good China. This was one of the tools Dr. Goodwin had given her to think about. Stacey decided that she would do as she pleased. If she wanted to wear a ball gown to the grocery store she would.

Stacey sends Malik a text telling him that she’s on her way. Stacey walks towards the door. She takes one last look at herself and thinks, welp, here goes nothing. Stacey takes the elevator down to the parking garage. As she walks towards her truck, she can’t help thinking about what she was about to do. Stacy gets in the car and immediately turns on Thundercat “Them Changes” that was her jam. He was her boyfriend in her head.

 Stacey pulls up to the coffeehouse. She calls Malik to let him know she has arrived and that she’s parking. She hopped out of her truck and walks towards the door. As she walks in, she can see Malik at a table in the back of the coffeehouse. He stands up so that she can have a clearer view of where he was. Stacey is walking towards the table. She’s super nervous. She finally reaches the table and then.

Stay tuned next week to find out how Stacey and Malik date goes.

Progress

“How have you been since our last session”? Dr. Goodwin asked Stacey. “I’ve been well” Stacey replied. “Good! Did you do the homework of going somewhere alone for at least an hour”? “I did” replied Stacey. “It actually happened immediately after I left our session. I stopped at a diner, but when I got there, there were two musicians setting up to play so I decided to dine in”. Stacey said. Wonderful, Dr. Goodwin replied. “How did that make you feel”? Dr. Goodwin asked “Honestly, it felt great! I was having a great time until”. Stacey paused. “Until what Stacey”? Dr. Goodwin asked? “Until this guy approached me. He was trying to hit on me”. “How did that make you feel”? Dr. Goodwin question Stacey. “It triggered me. I left shortly thereafter” Stacey explained. “Did you have your normal response”? asked Dr. Goodwin. “No, I’ve been using the tools that you’ve given me”. Stacey told Dr. Goodwin. “I’m happy to hear that. Did anything else happen”? Dr. Goodwin asked Stacey. “I had company this weened. My cousin and two girlfriends.” Stacey hadn’t allowed anyone to come to her home after she and Eric separated. Half of the people in Stacey’s life didn’t even know she moved until about six months after the fact, including her own mother. She’s determined to rid herself the shackles that had her tied and bound to pain and suffering. She was willing to go to war for herself and if that meant shutting the world out to battle some demons, she was willing to do that. Stacey was willing to do anything it took for her to heal, and to never find herself with another person, place, or thing that made her feel like shit.

“Keep up the good work Stacey. You should be very proud of your progress”. Dr. Goodwin said. Stacey was very comfortable with her therapist. Dr. Goodwin was always professional and made great suggestions.

On the way home from her therapy session, Stacey decides to stop at the gas station, because we all know that waiting until the morning is a setup. Instead of paying at the pump, she goes inside to pay because she’s thirsty.  She walks down the isle to grab a bottle of water when suddenly, she hears “Stacey” she whips around quickly. It’s so good to see you, with your fine self. Stacy looks at the young man like who the hell is this. Then immediately went into what the hell does he want and how the hell do we know each other. I guess he could see the “who the fuck are you” written on her face. The young man says, “don’t tell me you forgot me”. Stacey searches his face. She thinks a little more. Stacey blurts out wait you’re Ezra, right? You’re Tammy’s little cousin? The young man replies “yes, you would be correct. Oh okay. Stacey tells Ezra it was nice to see you and turns to walk towards the register to pay for her water and gas. Ezra follows her and he’s on her heels. Ezra takes no time before he starts probing Stacey about her dating life. Stacey chuckled, but not from anything funny. Stacey started feeling an array of emotions. She was hot, flustered, then irritated because she was feeling flustered. As the conversation continues was taking Stacey was also paying for her water and gas. Ezra left his stuff on the counter and proceeded to walk Stacey to her car. She was becoming annoyed. They reached her car; Stacey goes to grab the pump to put gas in her car. Ezra walks in front of her, grabs the pump handle and says, “oh I’ll get that for you” Stacey replies “ummm thank you”. She steps back and allows Ezra to pump her gas. When he finishes Stacey says thank you and walks to the driver’s side of her truck. Ezra is on her heels. He walks around her so that he could open her car door. She looks and says thank you again. Stacey climbs in her truck Ezra shuts the door but leans on it a bit. Stacey’s man is about to show up. That’s what she calls it when she’s about to get aggressive. She can already see what time it was, but she was trying to be patience. He says well sense you said you were single in G-mart I was wondering if we could switch numbers. She knew this shit was coming. They switched numbers Stacey thought to herself I’m not calling this baby. Although he was very attractive, he could’ve been any older than twenty-five Stacey thought.

Stacey reaches her condo. Once inside she showers, puts on her pajamas and make a cup of tea. She grabs her journal and walks over to the window seat. She thinks about her day and all that she an Dr. Goodwin discussed. She thought about all the progress she’s been making and how proud she was of herself. Stacy also couldn’t help but chuckle at Ezra shooting his shot. You still go it girl. Stacey was balancing everything out and this made her happy.  

SELF CARE SUNDAY’S

Joy was woken up by the noise of Stacey’s singing bowl. Sundays belonged to Stacey. That was her self care day. She practiced it daily but Sunday she was extra heavy on the self care. As soon as her eyes opened, she would say thank you to the Divine for allowing her to rise. She would wake-up have her tea, light her candles or incense and let it all go on the pages of her journal.  After that she would pray and mediate while her singing bowls played in the background. This is what woke Joy up. Joy stumbles down the hall and approaches the den where Stacey was. As she approached the door, she could see Stacey seated at her alter with her eyes closed, hands over her heart chakra with tears streaming down her face. Joy backed away from the door, giving Stacey some privacy. Joy goes back into her room to get some more rest. She came in around three am from Metamorphosis.

Stacey finishes up her meditation. She goes into the kitchen to grab a piece of fruit and a bottle of water. She would normally make a smoothie, but she didn’t want to wake Joy. Little did she know Joy was already awake.

Joy walks into the kitchen where Stacey was. She says “Good morning, Sunshine” Stacey turns around and replies “Good morning” Stacey sits down at the kitchen table right by the window. Stacey looks out the window to see seven birds lined-up on her deck. Stacey says, “Good morning” Joy replies, “Good morning” then she says, “didn’t I greet you with a Good morning already” Stacey continues to look out the window, never taking her eyes off the birds and says, “I was talking to the birds” Joy looks at Stacey and say who? Stacey repeats that she was talking to the birds. Joy says, “well did they reply” Stacey turns to Joy and says, “they sure did”, sticks out her tongue and laughs at Joy’s silliness.

Stacey asks Joy if she, Michelle and Christine enjoyed their night out. Joy gives Stacey the rundown about what happened when she left the lounge. Joy asks Stacey where she really went when she left Metamorphosis. What Joy really wanted to know was who Stacey was with when she left Metamorphosis. Stacey replied, “I came home took a bath and went to sleep” Joy looks Stacey in the eyes and says “girl you sure? You sure you didn’t call Eric? I wont judge if you did” At this moment Stacey became very still and quiet. Joy could tell something shifted in Stacey. She tries to search for Stacey, but Joy couldn’t read her at all. Joys says, “Stace are you okay? I woke-up earlier because I heard them bowl things. When I got to the door, I saw you crying. Did you go over there? Did you sleep with him? Are you mad at yourself?” Stacey looks at Joy and says, no I really came home, took my bath and went to bed”. Stacey understood why everyone thought that this was like every other time she and Eric broke up. Stacey uses to be weak for him. She had no boundaries whatsoever. He’d call and she would go running. That’s’ the part that hurt Stacey the most. She was angry that she didn’t love herself enough to walk away before things got as bad as they did. She was learning through therapy that you really do teach people how to treat you. Joy repeats her question. Why were you crying earlier? Stacey explained that she was fine and that she was working to remove some blockages. Joy looks puzzled. She says, “blockages? Girl if you had to shit why didn’t you just go?” Stacey says, Joy what the hell is wrong with you?” They both laughed. Stacey explains that her heart chakra was blocked, and she was using the singing bowls to help balance it out. The tears come because shes truly searching to find herself again and to feel love again, and that starts with her. Joy thought Stacey had lost her mind because they didn’t grow- up with no singing bowls and meditation.

Stacey didn’t know what her normal was, but she knew that her previous relationship was anything but normal or healthy. She didn’t need the help of anyone to help her to stay away from him or anything that made her feel like shit. She was loving herself fully. She had already forgiven Eric, but most importantly herself. Stacey renewed her relationship with the Divine. She was at peace, and this made her happy.

Oh She’s FR FR

Stacey and the ladies pull up at Metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is a posh lounge with great music and drinks. Stacey hadn’t been out since her accidental run in with Frank Gallagher’s extra. Stacey was game to have a good time. She promised herself that she was going to live her life and live it out loud. That was until she walked in. The place was packed and way to loud, but Stacey was determined to have a great time. They head over to their reserved section.

The ladies make themselves comfortable. Joy immediately pours all the ladies a shot of run. She raises her shot glass; the ladies shortly follow. She yells out “to new beginnings and to getting Stacey some”. They all laugh. Stacey rolls her eyes at Joy and sighs. She takes her shot and sits down. Joy and Christine make their way to the dance floor leaving Michelle and Stacy in their seats. Michelle asks Stacey if she was having a good time. Stacey replies “yeah, it’s just a little loud.” They both make another drink. Michelle leans over and tells Stacey to give her, her phone. Stacey reaches in her purse to hands Michelle the phone. Michelle then puts Stacey’s phone in her purse. Stacey looks at her and says “ummm why did you put my phone in your purse?” Michelle leans over and says “I didn’t want to say anything in front of Joy and Christine, but I know you’re going to get drunk. I don’t want you to have a weak moment and text Eric. Stacey tells Michelle to give her, her phone back and say’s “I don’t need you to help me stay away from a person that no longer resonates with who I am.” She takes her phone, gets up and heads to the bathroom.

While walking back to the table, Stacey runs into Joy and Christine. She proceeds to tell them how Michelle tried to take her phone so that she wouldn’t get drunk and try to call Eric. Joy says, “oh I forgot to do that before we started drinking.” Stacey just shook her head.

The DJ is jamming. He starts playing “It’s Getting Hot in Here” by Nelly. That use to be Stacey’s jam. She immediately ran to the dance floor. Stacey was cutting up. She was dropping it and dipping it. Joy, Michelle and Christine join her. They dance the night away.

The ladies go back to their section, they must walk by a group of good looking, good smelling men. They all sit but when they look up there are a group of men approaching. Michelle says, “ladies we have company.” They all adjust themselves, all except Stacey. She pours another drink and looks the other way, because she wants nothing to do with the opposite sex. She also has a rule about meeting men in nightclubs.

The men have their eyes on the woman they’re about to approach. Stacey gives the guy that was headed her way a glare of warning to walk in the other direction. He must’ve thought the look she gave meant please come talk to me. The guy comes up to the edge of the couch where Stacey was. He says “Hello” Stacey looks at him and says “Hello” ever so dryly. Then Mr. Can’t Get a Clue just stands there. Stacey continues to sip her drinks. The persistent guy asks Stacey if she had been to the lounge before. Stacey replies, “No.” The guy continues to stand there and at one point she believes she heard him say ummm out loud, as if he was thinking of the next thing to say. Ummm Stacey thought. She was ready to go. Stacey knew that her spirit no longer connected with that atmosphere. She hated being around all those people, it was too loud, and she didn’t want to come off as a rude uptight bitch in a social environment. She kind of felt bad for buddy. The courage it must’ve taken for him to walk over to her. She decides to entertain the man with a little conversation for a few minutes. She then excuses herself to interrupt Joy’s conversation with a guy that was way to close. Stacey says, “excuse me”, she leans into Joy and says I think I’m going to call a ride and go home. Joy says “come on Stace it’s only eleven forty-five. Stacey replies “I know, but this just isn’t my thing anymore.” Joy then tries to get Christine and Michelle’s attention. Stacey grabs Joy’s hand and says, “what are you doing?” Joy replies “I’m letting them know we’re ready to go”. Stacey says “no, you guys stay. Here’s my key fob. I won’t set the alarm but set it when you get in.” Joy looks concerned and asks Stacey if she sure. Stacey assures Joy that she’s okay.

Stacy runs herself a hot bath. She adds her favorite lavender infuse bath salt. She lights her candles and tells Alexa to play her bath time play list. She reflects on her night out. She was proud of herself. She removed herself from an environment that made her uncomfortable she didn’t ignore her own needs so that her friends and family were comfortable. She also chuckled at the thought of them trying to take her phone. She breaths, releases and soaks further into her bath. Stacey finishes her relaxing bath. She grabs a towel from the heated towel bar. Stacey wraps herself in her warm towel. It makes her feel even more relaxed. She walks into the kitchen to make some tea. She goes back into her room and over to her vanity she grabs her whipped Shea butter and smooth’s it all over herself. She wraps her head shortly thereafter. Stacey says her prayers and falls asleep. Stacey sleeps well at night, especially after her baths

Psssssst Sunday’s

You’re never alone. I promise you’re not. In your darkest moments, when you don’t understand you’re right where you need to be. It sucks at times, but if you can just make it through, I promise the other side is beautiful. There are times when nothing makes sense and there are times where everything does. We should be grateful for both.

To all my misfits, the broken, the discarded, the used and the abused. Don’t give up, I promise you it gets better. The traps that were set for you, the things that were supposed to be your downfall, use it to propel you forward. You were created by the Divine, so no mistakes were made. Just tap in!!! I love you!!!

Wine & BOB’s

Michelle and Christine arrived at Stacey’s with champagne in hand. Joy grabbed four champagne flutes from the bars cabinet. As Joy popped the cork, Christine asks where Stacey was. Joys says you know she changed her clothes a million times. They all sighed. Joy goes on to tell them how she tried to wear a knit worktop with jeans and flats. I told her to change and when she came out she had better be looking like a whole snack. Joy always teased Stacey about her need to layer and cover. Stacey had all these rules about not having everything exposed at once. Stacey was really conservative when it came to clothes. She did however start buying sexier dresses for situation as these.

Stacey walks into the kitchen and the ladies jaws drop. Christine looks at Joy and says “she really took your advice”. Stacey decided to let what she felt like on the inside shine. She felt amazing,but she didn’t want anything to do with the opposite sex so she would purposely wear unflattering or oversized clothes to keep the creeps away. Tonight she decided on full glam. The ladies all say damn girl in unison.Stacey chose a short tight black number that hit all the right places. Before heading out the door. The girls toast. As the ladies raise their glasses, Michelle turns to Stacey and says “here’s to new beginnings”.

Stacey deserved this night out.

The ladies jump out their Uber and walk into Perch. Perch was a neeFrench Restaurant Stacey wanted to try. The host asks their name and reservation time. Stacey replied “ Arlington, seven-thirty”. The host grabs four menus leading the ladies to their booth. As the ladies made their way through the dining room. It seemed as if all eyes where on them. The ladies were very stylish. The ladies sit. Water and Fresh bread are then brought to their table.

As the ladies finish up their meals. The waiter walks over with a bottle of 1970 Freemark Abby Cabernet. He places the bottle on their table and says “courtesy of the gentleman at the table right ahead”. The ladies look in the direction of the man sitting at the table alone. He nods and the ladies all wave and say thank you.

Michelle picks up the bottle and says. This guy just sent us a five hundred dollar bottle of wine. They all say “ five hundred dollars”? Joy teases the ladies, in her most annoying voice “who he liking over here”? The ladies laugh.

The ladies pay their bill and they all stand to prepare to leave. As they walk out one behind the other.They pass the gentleman’s table that sent the wine over.They all say thank you again but as he turned to say of course, no problem he locked eyes with Stacey He also accidentally touched her hand. He smiles, Stacey looks at him blankly and continues to walk away. The guy signals for the waiter. He hands the waiter his identification and car keys. He lets the waiter know that he’ll be right back and he takes off in the direction of the ladies. The gentleman calls for the women. They all turn around. The gentleman catches up with them. He asked them if they enjoyed the bottle of wine he sent over. The entire time his eyes never left Stacey.They all reply yes. Stacey slowly turns and walks to the elevator leaving Michelle, Joy, and Christine chatting with the overly nice gentleman. Joy noticed that he had tunnel vision. His eyes were fixed on Stacey. Joy walk around Michelle and plants herself right in front of the gentleman and says “you see something you like don’t you”? With a devilish smirk. He smiles and replies “it’s that obvious” Michelle says “sir it was that obvious when you sent over a five hundred dollars bottle of wine”. The man is now looking bashful. Christine asked him his name. The mystery man says his name is Michael. Joy says well Mr. Michael we have to hurry. Our ride is outside. Michael looks as if he’s thinking of the next thing to say stalling for time. The ladies can see the desperation in his face. Joy abruptly says her name is Stacey give me your number and I’ll pass it on. He hands her his card. He walks the ladies to their ride and say “Good night ladies” but he makes it his business to tell Stacey good night by name. Good night Stacey while looking into her eyes. Stacey politely says “Good night sir” it’s Michael, “Good night Michael.” Stacey says as she rolls up the window. She then immediately turns to Joy and says you told him my name didn’t you. I sure did Joy replied. I took his number for you too as she hands Stacey his card. Stacey looks really annoyed at this point. Joy ask Stacey when was the last time she got some. Stacey fires back at Joy. I have a drawer full of BOB’s. The ladies all look at her and say BOB’s, what’s that? Battery Operated Boyfriends. Well in Stacey case they’re chargeable. She didn’t want the nuisance of running out of batteries. The ladies all laughing. Even Stacey had to laugh at herself. She didn’t care though. She was happy and at peace.