Doing things I gotta but don’t wanna, for reasons I never expected
Alison always did the laundry, folded everything, and put everything away. It wasn’t because it was woman’s work, it’s just that she liked her laundry done a certain way. That was the deal: She did what she was good at and/or wanted to do and I did the same.
I did almost all the cooking, she did almost all the cleaning. It was perfect: She hated to cook, I hated to clean.
When I told my mom that she passed, my mom cried, of course. But she also said, It’s so sad. You were so perfect for each other. You two were the same person.
That’s true. She was a complete person when we met. I was a complete person when we met. But when we got together, while we were complete, we were better. It’s why she was my person.
And now I’m worse. I’m doing things I gotta but don’t wanna, for reasons I never expected.
That’s why every little thing hurts so. It’s like someone took my left arm away.
Did the laundry two days ago. A mountain of it. Folded it as she would have liked. Kinda. And put away what I could. Had to call my mother-in-law to find out where to put the pillowcases and other things.
I’m a stranger to things in my own house.
Which is apropos, I suppose; everything is stranger in general.
My dad is not well. Wish I could see him more often but I can’t leave the kid and don’t want to bring him to the hospital.
And the truth be told, I don’t have the mental and emotional capacity to face that right now. I know I’ll have to at some point.
For now, trying to be as normal as I can for the kid.
Whatever that means.
Location: my strange home
Mood: the same
Music: You got a beautiful soul that I’m blessed to have known