On day 5 I found my instrument- the harmonica.
I like it because it's not demanding like the piano or guitar.
It's light and mobile; easy and forgiving.
I got a dog too. Blue heeler puppy named Bukowski.
We play frisbee in the park: I throw the disc, he runs it down and I chase him to get it back.
There's a petite blonde named Penny that walks her dachsund there every evening. We talk about sqeak toys and breath biscuits.
Little else because I haven't yet raised the will
to chase another woman.
A bit of a setback on day 20 when I was cleaning my room and found
one of those oragami cranes you made for me. And when I went to the bible I found some of your hair in the Song of Solomon. That was hard.
But then I began a ministry on day 24 called 7 laps at 7 where I coerce fat Baptists to give me 2 brisk miles.
Ms. Deveaux has already lost 8 pounds and dropped her blood pressure.
And with my new job at the hospital, I bought the jeep!!!
It's pewter with an "Ole Miss" license plate and for days
47 through 52 I rented a cabin in the Ozarks.
Silence doesn't scare me like it used to.
There's the things I've lost.
There's the things I've won.
And on day 43, I notice how pretty Penny smiles.
Flowood, MS - 4/1/09