Thinking, breathing

The Hill and Wood Funeral Home

Thoughts, on this first day of October:

  • What a lovely, lovely wedding, Chris and Sallie. We are so happy for you two and delighted that you will remain in our lives in town. Don’t ever leave!
  • I tried to be brave like Maddy, but I’m apparently not over my stink-bug phobia. I looked like a foolish, fretful 3-year-old while Maddy calmly and competently plucked stink bugs off my back and chair and plate all night long. She is a gem.
  • These days, when I look at Pyrrha for a moment, these words well up in me: Thank you thank you thank you.
  • Reading The Second Sex and Rebecca¬†simultaneously is very jarring.
  • Rose and Kemp are coming to visit this weekend! On the agenda: Hiking, apple picking, solving the American political system, and in Rose’s words, “intimate woman-time.” While the boys are presumably doing man stuff, like talking about beer and comparing muscles or whatever it is that boys do when they are alone…
  • Speaking of intimate woman-time, on this day in 2008, this is where I was. Missing it (and them) now.
  • I try to be calm when I look at the calendar. I fail.

Things that scare me

I can't... even look at this photograph. It's too upsetting. WHY do people get these creatures?

Things that scare me for no good reason:

  • Varicose veins
  • Tea Partiers
  • People on MTV
  • Lightning
  • Going bald
  • Greeting cards that sing when you open them
  • Cockroaches
  • Hoarders
  • Becoming an old lady who collects kitsch
  • Getting gray hair
  • Leprosy
  • Most cats
  • State of English language proficiency on Craigslist

Things that scare me for good reason:

  • Stink bugs taking over the world
  • Never being able to write again
  • Bad posture
  • Sugar
  • Untrained Chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers
  • Untrained children
  • Having to live in a nursing home
  • Being a mother
  • Distressing and backward paradigms that rule the U.S. public school system
  • Childhood obesity epidemic
  • Puppy mills
  • Childbirth
  • Worldwide tea shortage
  • The possibility of becoming schizophrenic
  • Snow
  • Teeth falling out

Litany of fear aside, I’m going to have a great weekend. Tonight, Cate is hosting a Royal Wedding party. Secretly, I’m going for the company and the tea and scones; I’m not deeply invested in the wedding of Wills and Kate, as adorable and royal as they might be. Saturday is a day of cleaning, reading, and running errands while Guion brews and then Win is coming to visit on Sunday. We are going to do our best to persuade him to live here. Any tips? What’s the best thing about living in Charlottesville?