Sunday, September 16, 2018
It’s a heat wave. I’ve done this before. I’m pretty good at it.
This is not something to be messed with. I exchange texts with my husband. I ask him to remember to pack water for his commute home. He agrees. Now I’ll worry less. Worry is what I do. I’m good at that too.
I’m already drinking water because that is how I roll.
I think about people in my social circle and wonder about how they are faring. My mind rests on one person in particular.
I think about texting him. It would be succinct. It would simply say drink water.
I don’t send the text. I reign it in. It’s a long story.
I send the drink water message telepathically. Was this a kind of prayer? Who knows?
I use what I have because worry is creeping around the edges of things. I still worry about him. This is freaking annoying. But I know better than to argue with it.
I can hear you now. He’s not a child. He can be trusted to take care of himself. This is not always true. Sometimes very smart people fail to drink water.
Anne Lamott, a favorite writer of mine wrote something that initially came as a bit of a shock. She said, “Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”
Lately her words have settled in more. The words and I are not exactly on a first name basis yet. You could say I’m slowly becoming acquainted with them. Which is fine.
But for this particular situation, Anne Lamott’s exact words do not quite fit. So I went ahead and adapted them.
Tell your stories. If people wanted you to stop worrying about them, then they shouldn’t have told you about the time they went sightseeing alone in a foreign country, fainted at the entrance of the hotel, created a hubbub, refused an ambulance, requested a bottle of water, drank it and realized they really should have hydrated sooner.
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