StoryCorps / Greg Houston and Lynne Houston

Greg Houston and Lynne Houston #

The door was unlocked, so I came in with meatballs marinara, and you were doing some kind of autopsy or something. And I remember I just stood there staring at you in your white gown with blood all over it.

  • marinara - an Italian tomato sauce that originated in Naples, usually made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and onions.
  • autopsy (noun. C/U) - the cutting open and examination of a dead bodyin order to discover the cause of death
  • gown (noun. C) - a woman’s dress, especially a long one worn onformal occasions

I remember bringing the gurney in and you put it in the back of the van.

  • gurney (noun. C) - a light bed on wheels, used to move patients in ahospital
  • van (noun. C) - a medium-sized road vehicle, usedespecially for carrying goods, that often has nowindows in the sides at the back

I wanted to see if you would hang in there because that was my lifestyle. And if it would freak you out, then there was no reason to go any further.

  • hang in there (hang on in there @UK) - said as a way of telling someone to not give up,despite difficulties
  • freak sb. out - to become or cause someone to become extremelyemotional
  • go further - If you go or take something further, you take it to a more advanced stage.

Like a Band-Aid, right off…

  • Band-Aid (noun. C) - a brand name for a small piece of sticky cloth orplastic that you use to cover and protect a cut in the skin
  • right off (adv.) - immediately; right away

At that time a lot of women would have run for the hills.

  • run for the hills (slang) - When someone really wants to get away from a situation or relationship as fast as they can, they “run for the hills”, assuming higher ground is safer. Usually it is when you are scared of something or scared of commitment.

You came to pick me up in a hearse and you said, ’We just got to go drop off the colonel, then we’ll have the whole weekend.’

  • pick sb/sth up - to collect, or to go and get, someone or something
  • hearse (noun. C) - a vehicle used to carry a body in a coffin to afuneral
  • drop sb/sth off - to take someone or something to a particularplace, usually by car, as you travel to a differentplace
  • colonel (noun. C ) - an officer of high rank in the army or air force

And when we did finally get to this cemetery, those gates opened, and you knew everything.

  • cemetery (noun. C) - an area of ground in which dead bodies areburied

And that’s why it’s so important when you make arrangements to listen — you got two ears and one mouth, use them in proportion.

  • proportion