My Dream

My dream was always about writing. I wrote, even when I was in a place in life where I couldn’t say, “I’m a writer.” Now I say that with ease, even though my main career has always been that of educator. But even an educator can write. Even a web designer can write. Even a blogger can write!

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Dream Lover

Dream lover,
You support and encourage.
Dream lover,
You tolerate my every flaw.
Dream lover,
You’re aware of my needs.
Dream lover,
You’re a funny friend.
Dream lover,
You’re a charming companion.
Dream lover,
Where the hell are you?

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Dream Job

In my dream job there would be no men sitting around talking about what they did at the strip club during lunch. I could wear comfortable shoes every day. I would make enough to support myself without running out of food and gas money every month. That would be perfect.

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Dream Home

“Ah, my dream home. Well, for starters it would be self cleaning.” She smiled at the realtor, who was laughing at her statement.

“Okay, how about easy to clean?” she amended. “That means smallish, no stairs, no carpeting.”

She pointed to a house on the realtor’s iPad. “That house, for example, has a big yard. I don’t want any yard. No outside maintenance at all.”

“How about a condo?” the realtor asked.

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Dream Vacation

Every winter I dig out the wool sweater I bought on my dream vacation to New Zealand for my 60th birthday. That was a few years ago, but the sweater takes me right back. It’s soft with blue designs and little happy sheep around the bottom. Funny how a sweater can make you think of birch forests and penguins and whales and ferries and Maori museums.

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Footstool

I hated that damn footstool. It was always in the way. My wife wouldn’t let me put my feet on it because her grandmother cross stitched the cover and she didn’t want it used. It filled up floor space for no purpose. Actually, now that I think about it, my wife does almost the same thing. I should get rid of both of them.

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Dresser

Why do TV characters always push dressers in front of doors they want to block people from opening? It was easy to push the dresser over there. It would be easy to push it out of the way. Then when someone does get through the door, they run away by going up. Up is a dead end. Sometimes TV makes no sense.

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Bed

She wandered through the furniture store like Goldilocks, trying every bed. None of them were comfortable. Never. Nothing was comfortable – chairs, beds, standing up, sitting down, walking, not walking. In her pocket was a newly refilled prescription for Oxy, enough to end her pain forever. She cradled the cylinder full of pills like an old friend.

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Desk

She worked across the hall from me. Her desk was a trash heap. So was her office. She never threw out anything. Never filed anything. Never stored anything. Her file cabinets were empty. When my car died she offered a ride. I was nervous about getting in her car. I knew it would be just like her desk. I decided to call Lyft.

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Couch

You walk in someone else’s house and it’s strange to see how other people live. I assumed she was an ordinary homeowner, but she had a couch in the kitchen. The living room was full of camping equipment and nothing else. I didn’t see the other rooms, but I can . . .

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