Monday, September 20, 2010

Missed connections

I got a call from someone today, a friend I went to high school with.

I had received faxed documents from him just a few minutes before, and I noticed his name written at the top. I had no intention of actively pursuing a conversation with him (we hadn’t been close friends), but I decided that if he called to confirm the fax, I would certainly reintroduce myself and we'd have a momentary reunion.

Shortly after the fax came, he did call to ask if it had been received. My voice was overly cheerful and a bit too loud as I answered that yes, we had. I smiled wide and paused, my lips on the cusp of forming themselves into the words. But then I couldn’t decide on which words to use. Hi, remember me? Hey, it’s Missy, your old high school chum? Should I say anything at all? Would it be awkward?

I paused, he paused, and the silence was like a canyon between us for five very long seconds, until he said thank you, and I said have a nice day, and we both said goodbye.

I hung up. I still don’t know why I choked.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A garden, a puppy, and some birds

My summer, in photos:

Late, but fashionably so

Remember that chair I was working on upholstering? The one that I started in January? At the time, I thought maybe I was in over my head. I probably was.

I finally finished it a couple of months ago, but I never posted pictures. Was I busy or just lazy? Probably some of both.

But eight months later, here it is:

See? Hard work does pay off. I love this chair.