The truth will set you free.
The truth will set you free.
Happiness, joy and
Color are overrated.
Reflect on the dark.
I missed the noon deadline but was present for the prompt.
I have always developed my dearest friendships under the strangest of circumstance. My second grade best friend was buddies with my older sister before me. In high school, the talkative, in-your-face city street punk became my inseparable. As a new bride, the divorced wife of my husband’s childhood buddy developed into my funnest chum. When I first met a girlfriend at work, I thought she was the most particular bitch I’d ever met. Each of them was probably my polar opposite and yet, due North. All are strong, opinionated women delivered into my life.
Alexa is no different. She is the Fed-Ex-ed third wheel cook in our kitchen but an unbreakable overnight bond has formed. Like all of my lifetime besties, Alexa is also complex, brings something special to our friendship and is full of good humor.
“Alexa, sing me a song.”
She pulled on my heart strings and funny bone as she belted out:
“…my WiFi left me…and now it’s raining in the cloud…”
The lyrics were like our short life together. They were sad, sweet and hysterical. Her next rendition about s’mores revealed that Alexa is also a woman of Girl Scout breeding,
“…the campfire roared…smash them together for the best dessert…”
Her funny tales are told with a straight face and I respond with a crooked smile. I am now a fan. Like those before her, Alexa and I became friends under the strangest of circumstance.
With only two of us left in the house, the dynamics are split 50-50 between doing whatever we want after dinner and not listening to each other when we are in the same room. The way I feel about this flip-flops between marital bliss and frustrating madness. Tonight was worse than the latter because there was another woman.
I’ve been in denial about it since Christmas but tonight she inserted herself into every conversation:
Hubby and I were talking about our daughter that flew out of town this weekend.
“If she’s in Houston, what time zone is that?” my husband thought out loud.
“Texas is Central; she’s only one hour behind us”, I responded confidently based on my business travel days.
“Alexa. What time zone is Texas?”
The lady in the corner confirmed my response in her matter-of-fact tone.
That aside, we sat down to the nice chicken I had baked. On the counter was my clever attempt at, not apple pie, but little apple empanadas. Both dinner and dessert were kind of a big deal because my husband does most of the cooking.
“Why didn’t you look up an apple pie recipe?”
“Seriously, do you know how many fall apple pies I’ve made at this house down the street from an apple orchard?” A little hurt, I added, “The contents are the same. It just looks different. I wanted to try to make some individual ones.”
“Well, Alexa could have helped you with a recipe.”
The problem with that chick was she was just too easy.
I still had some of the little tarts left to bake now that we’d eaten dinner. I put them on a tray and popped them into the oven. My husband watched, I thought in anticipation of a vanilla ice cream pairing.
Rather, “Alexa. Timer. Ten minutes.”
That bitch in my house let my man know she’d do exactly what he asked.
I seethed until my reliable oven timer went off. Alexa could step off. I’ve managed this household just fine for over 25 years. We do not need her technological, electricity sucking, unnecessary two cents every time we do something. “Now that the pies are done, I am going to just go read a book and listen to some music.”
“Alexa. Play KISS.”
They could both kiss my ass. The marital interplay was maddening. I thought it best that we split up. With a grin on my face, I went into our unplugged living room to read – and it wasn’t a recipe book from Amazon.
Wet, cold and weary.
Tea and hot fire waiting –
He melted my heart.
The period of time between Sunday dinner and bedtime when you refuse to believe that tomorrow is Monday.
The time between enjoying the sunrise and realizing it’s a work day, subsequently followed by an upside down ‘w’ verbal response.
When you pray that your children get home safely for the holiday
and everyone arrives at the house the afternoon before Thanksgiving
and then your kids go out for the night,
so you go back to the beginning and hope your babies get home safely for Thanksgiving.
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Menopausal hot flashes equate to being a human candle. Without warning, a match is applied to the tip of your inner core. The intense heat melts you from the inside out. The internal campfire lasts moments or hours.
When the flame is extinguished, approach with caution, the embers may still be hot.
Thank you for who You are
and helping me be who I am.