Midnight Sun

It was one of those dreams you really enjoy. I was scampering (yes, scampering) down the street with Teri Polo. We splashed in puddles and sang songs. She made up one. I sang June Christy’s version of “Midnight Sun.” Damn, I was so good – I sounded just like June Christy. Did I really have to wake up?

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Badaboom

Every time he tells a joke, he does a fake drum and says, “badaboom.” Just in case you didn’t realize he’s given you the punch line and you’re supposed to laugh. It’s so annoying I just want to smack him every time he says it.

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Oh, hello

The woman stood in front of me in the line at Starbucks. She looked about 40, fit, dressed for a professional job. She was dark skinned and dark haired – maybe of Indian descent. I edged a bit closer, the line was cramped. Her hair smelled of apples.

She turned and glanced at me. “Oh, hello,” she said, as if she recognized me. Good lord, she was beautiful. But I didn’t recognize her. As far as I knew I’d never seen her before.

I wasn’t sure how to respond to . . .

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Close

“You can close the door tonight,” Tommy said.

“Okay,” I said. His simple words made my heart sing. They meant he felt safe, that he was learning to trust his new life here with us.

Tommy was damaged when he came to us. We handled him gently for weeks. His first breakthrough was when he hugged my husband Mike goodnight a couple of weeks ago. Tonight was a big step, too.

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Just Kidding

“He can’t mean that,” Maggie said. She shook her head, no, no, no. “Maybe he’s just kidding.”

“I don’t think so,” I answered. “You don’t kid about stuff like that. There are some things you can’t make jokes about, and that is one of them.”

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Never

“I promise I will never leave you out of anything again.”

“I promise I will never take drugs again.”

Promises are hard to keep. Especially when your life is not in your own control, when you have to make decisions on the spur of the moment, when the drugs in your neck were inserted by someone else.

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Joni Mitchell

I’m an old person. I like music from the old days. Yesterday I threw a Joni Mitchell CD on the player in my car and turned it up really loud. Young people don’t know who Joni Mitchell is. They think Billie Holliday is a man and never heard of The Beatles. I think I have an advantage when I know all those old voices, yet can appreciate Beyonce and Mumford and Sons.

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Did you see?

Did you see the dogs playing with an old sock?
Did you see the sunrise?
Did you see the raindrops run down the windowpane?
Did you see the Milky Way?
Did you see the children swinging in the park?
Did you see the daisy bloom?

Did you see it? Life still worth living – did you see it?

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