Saturday, June 28, 2008

hello, my life

I saw my ex-husband in the street. I was sitting on the steps of the new library.

Hello, my life, I said. We had once been married for twenty-seven years, so I felt justified.

He said, What? What life? No life of mine.

I said, O.K. I don’t argue when there’s real disagreement. I got up and went into the library to see how much I owed them.

The librarian said $32 even and you’ve owed it for eighteen years. I didn’t deny anything. Because I don’t understand how time passes. I have had those books. I have often thought of them. The library is only two blocks away.

From "Wants," by Grace Paley. Painting by Amanda Blake.

5 comments:

Hila said...

hmmm, awkward situation!

theue said...

these moments are golden eggs.

lovely writing.

Anonymous said...

I love this painting!

Hollister H. Hovey said...

This is just wonderful!!!

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