Coming closer to a year living in Boston, a year post-move, and I am feeling waves of urgency pulling me here to write some things about it, about my life now, about my life before, about this crazy, crazy year of my life.
But then I can’t decide what to write.
For now, a poorly told anecdote. Showing is better than telling. Just take this story and multiply it by my life.
On Sunday night, I turned off the light for bed and moaned until Lance came in the room to see what my problem was. “What is your problem?” he asked. I told him I didn’t know if I should get up early or sleep in. I told him I didn’t want to go to sleep because I wasn’t tired and I’d just have to wake up again. I told him I didn’t want to go to my internship.
“I thought you liked your internship,” he said. “Why don’t you want to go?’
“Because I have to wake up.” I said. “And get dressed. And make food. And then eat it.”
He laughed at me.
I did go to sleep and I did wake up. There was a note on the TV. It said: “Wake me up before you leave I have something to ask you.”
So I did. In his underwear, half asleep, Lance explained this hare-brained scheme to buy a car in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and not just any car, but THE EXACT SAME CAR WE HAVE only with 30,000 less miles and a blue paint job.
Being that I didn’t know we were LOOKING for a car, I continued to make food, go to Somerville, eat my food, and come home.
I walked in the door more than prepared to be tired. Lance was waiting for me in the kitchen.
“Look what I got today!”
It wasn’t a blue Saturn, but a window air conditioning unit half the size of our four-door sedan, blocking all the sunlight and leaving a gaping opening in the window where my cat might find a deathly escape.
“We already have one of those.” I pointed to the bedroom.
“It was free!” he said. “I drove twenty miles to go get it. It was really heavy. But I can’t plug it in! I have to go to Home Depot and get an adapter. I’m going to sell it. I think I’ll make some espresso now, so I won’t stay up so late again tonight. Where should I put this air conditioner?
“Ummm… I HAVE NO IDEA!”
Not everything changes in a year.