First, let me give you the postscript to yesterday’s post.
Last night, Matilda and I went out for our normal evening walk around 5:30. Then I took her for a pre-bedtime outing at 8:30. I was asleep by 9:30. (Yeah, I know. That’s pretty early, especially for a Friday night, but I was exhausted.) She woke me up four times and was quite forceful with her demand to go outside. Each time I responded by pulling the deepest baritone from my gut that I could muster and gave her a resounding and firm, “No!”. Then I rolled away from her and tried to go back to sleep.
Around 4:30, she woke me up again. This time she started walking in circles and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I decided that she must be serious this time, so I took her outside. I was right. She quickly handled her business and ran back in the house. I wasn’t thrilled to be outside at 4:40 in the morning, but I was happy that she was quick about it.
We’ll see what tonight brings.
This morning’s walk was very interesting. Tildy tried getting me out of the bed around 6:30, but I refused to move until about 8:30. While we were strolling, we encountered a woman that we see every once in a while in the morning. She’s usually accompanied by a man, but this morning, she was alone. She walks as if she experienced a stroke sometime in her recent past, but over the last year, her gait has gotten better. As she walked towards us, she announced that she was waiting for a bus. She had her royal blue bus pass clipped to her shirt in much the same way that a parent might pin a note to a child’s shirt so that the teacher wouldn’t miss it. Her wet, curly hair, that looks like it once was blond, is now a golden hued gray. She again announced she was waiting for the bus and it was in that moment I wished I had walked in a different direction. In the next three minutes, I learned that she has lived in the neighborhood for a couple of years, she is from St. Louis, she came here to be with a guy she met online and had talked to every day for two months before getting on a train to move to here.
The trip took two days. The train pulled in at 7:40 p.m. that day and I took a cab here. That trip took 4 hours and it only should’ve taken two. It was just stupid. I didn’t know where I was going. I had never been here before. I had to pay the cab driver $147. The train pulled in at exactly 7:40 p.m. and I got here at 11:40 p.m. It was just stupid. We’ve been together for two years and eight months. I don’t know. Do you count the two months on the phone? Yeah. two years and eight months. I’ve been catching this bus to go to the gym every day that I’ve been here and that’s been two years and six months. Do your parents live here? Where are you from? My parents are divorced and that was stupid. They divorced in ’78 and dad died in ’82. I don’t know why they divorced. It was just stupid. He died four years later. It was just stupid. And then mom died two days after dad’s birthday two years later. It was just stupid. Where is the bus? How long have you lived in this neighborhood?
At that point, Matilda decided that she’d had enough and started pulling me away. I was never more thankful for her bossy little butt. She kept talking to me as Tildy and I walked away. Thankfully, the bus came so I didn’t get pulled into another one-sided conversation.