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.


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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