Jersey lived in New Jersey and that’s how she got her name. Her parents thought it very fitting to give her that name since she was born in New Jersey and lived on a farm that raised Jersey Cows.
When she was eighty years old she felt very ill so she went to her doctor to find out why. After extensive testing the diagnosis was the dreaded C word…cancer.
She already had a bad back, weak knees, and the beginning stage of macular. However, these problems were minor compared to the cancer. She used a walker to get around and special glasses to help her eyesight. She had the support of her friends who spent a lot of time with her.
With the onset of pain due to her cancer, Jersey started searching for a solution for what she called an inconvenient problem. The first thing she did was applied for a certification for her debilitating condition.
One day after receiving the certification she enlisted her friends to help her find a pot shop. Her friends of course, had problems of their own. Mabel had a bad hip and always walked with a cane. Olivia had recently broken her arm and it was in a cast. Mildred was in the best of shape and although hard of hearing was still able to drive a vehicle.
It was a Monday morning when they pulled out of the driveway in their search of a pot shop. After getting on the highway Mildred became distracted with all the chatter between Jersey, Mabel, and Olivia and she failed to watch the speed she was driving. Consequently, all the chatter came to a screeching halt when they heard the siren and saw the flashing blue lights!
The police officer approached the car, looked inside, and asked Mildred for her driver’s license. Since Mildred could hardly hear, she kept asking him to repeat his question and that is when he became agitated. Mildred got nervous and she began to shake with fear. Olivia took Mildred’s purse and gave the license to the police officer.
The police officer realized that it would be best to check her license, give her a warning about her speeding and have her friends relay that message to her. He took note of the fact that he was dealing with a woman that could not hear very well and one woman with a cast on her arm, another holding a cane in her lap and the fourth woman was trying to explain something about their mission of finding a shop. He never understood what kind of shop and at that point it really didn’t matter to him. He walked back to his squad car shaking his head!
Mildred drove off and they were on their way again. They saw several buildings but could not tell which one was the pot shop so Mildred pulled into a parking lot and they decided to walk to each building to see where the pot shop was.
Jersey had a hard time getting her door open, so Olivia got out and was going to help, but could not get it opened since her stronger arm was the one that was in a cast. Mabel was still trying to get out of the car.
It took Mildred a long time to get out of the car because she had a hard time getting her seat belt unhooked. She finally made it to the other side of the car and was able to open the door for Jersey. She also took Jersey’s walker out of the car and after unfolding it, she saw where a screw was loose on one side of it. This was hazardous and she had no way of fixing it, but remembered she had a roll of duct tape in the trunk of the car. She got the duct tape and wrapped what seemed like miles of it all around the loose side of the walker in trying to make it sturdy.
They were finally on their way to check the buildings and the first one was a tobacco shop, the next one was a card shop, and the next one a thrift shop. Olivia stepped inside the thrift shop and asked where they might find a pot shop. The saleslady looked at her in a strange way but pointed up the street.
Just as Olivia stepped back outside she saw Jersey, Mildred, and Mabel pointing up the street and yelling pot shop, pot shop, it’s up there!
After walking to the pot shop, they were all exhausted and decided to just sit on the bench that was outside of the shop so they could rest for a while.
It was now late in the day and the weather had begun to change and the sun disappeared and the clouds took over the sky. It began to rain and the four of them were soaking wet before they managed to even get up and walk into the shop.
With their hair plastered to their heads and their clothes clinging to their body, they looked and felt bedraggled. They heard a voice from the back of the store say, “well, well, look what the rain brought in.” A man came out and asked them if he could help them. Jersey told him she had a medical certification and wanted to buy some pot to help relieve her of pain caused by the cancer.
After paying for the pot, the man told her she would need to get the items needed to use the pot, but he did not sell them. However, the store across the street did.
Jersey, Mildred, Mabel, and Olivia began making their way across the street and just as they reached the curb, a car came by which caused them to be splashed with water and mud. Nevertheless, that did not stop them from their mission. They proceeded to go inside and buy what they needed.
Their luck finally turned good. They were able to buy the pot, the items needed to go with it, and there was even a nice young woman that graciously drove them to their car.
Within a week, Jersey was planning another trip to the pot shop with her friends.
Copyright © Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved