Don’t waste my magical writing time with nonsense. Go to work.
It was a terrible day. I screwed everything up. I forgot everything. All my training evaded me. All my plans fell to shit. I got yelled at (or the disappointed, I told you, don’t do it again conversation with sternness enough that I am still quite quivery about the whole ordeal) and I am, ultimately, alone.
I mean, I have someone, but I can’t figure out how if this is the sort of having you have with someone who just happens to be taking the same bus you are. A conversation that intimates nothing. I want to know, to ask some authority, is this working or not working – what is real and what is just linguistic jiu-jitsu? And are we all that safe either way?
Instead, I do what I do when I don’t know what to do. I go and see my mother. We don’t really talk about the events of the day because as soon as I come in the door after letting her know I needed to come for dinner because it had been a hard day and I had nothing really low-carb to eat, she says You Need to Be More Prepared! And I won’t argue with the sentiment, because it’s true even if I find myself quite unable to knuckle down and open a laptop after a 10 hour day and face even one email with a questionably aggressive tone. And they all feel a little bit aggressive these days. Oh, gosh, it is just the wrong thing to say to a person after a day like this.
My mother. I will not complain about her, but report this happening with more of a wry attitude rather than one of the usual frustration. So of course, after feeding me the chicken and green chile and some jello with a heap of whipped cream and giving me her last two shakes in the whole of the world, she begins the quiz.
How long has it been for the diet? How much weight so far? My answers: a week, and four pounds, six if you go back a bit, are satisfactory. She gives me the rundown of how to do low-carb for the ninety-thousandth time. This is not so much wry, is it? I watch the news with her as we contemplate political eventualities. I say I have to go.
She has no interest in J. I have to bring him up if there’s to be any discussion and the discussion is more me venting about the surreal and frustrating nature of the thing. She is both suspicious and entirely nonplussed. Who he is and what he wants with me are of no import. She’ll wait for me to sigh and offer something up, otherwise, it is entirely illegitimate and hell, she may be right.
Still, I leave, and the last thing I hear as I cross the threshold is “You’re getting your waist back again!”
Sigh. I don’t know.