© 2009-2018 by Robert Bieselin

SOME PEOPLE SAY...

 

            Some people say he calls her “Moon Carrot” because he can’t always remember her name, and wonder whether “it’s, like, a carrot on the moon, or” and then wait for the people they’re talking to catch on, and say something like, “or, like, a carrot shaped like the moon,” and they nod and say, “right.”

            Some people say, “I don’t think he’s been acting differently… though he did cancel plans the other night – when we ended up getting together and bid on that lime green El Camino at the auto auction. We were supposed to go to Clyde’s and watch the Trailblazer’s game, and he calls me five minutes before tip-off and says he feels like there’s something important he has to do, doesn’t know what it is, but is going to wait around to remember… said he thought he had to build something or something like that. Is that what you mean by different?”

            Some people say, “can you pass the mustard,” and when you do, they don’t use it. They just keep it – spicy deli mustard – close to their plate – right between the drink and the utensils, and any time someone uses it they request it right back and put it right back there – close to their plate – right between the drink and the utensils – and you get the idea that it’s some kind of comfort thing, though when you ask one of them about it, he says, “What? Don’t be silly. You think I’m uncomfortable without the mustard by my plate?" And moves it far from his plate – between the spiced ham and what’s left of the seedless rye – and seems sad, distant and uncomfortable the rest of lunch, saying nary a word, expect for, “excuse me,” when he gets up – and were those tears in his eyes? I guess he is acting differently now...

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