Thursday, June 4, 2015

It May Not Be Earth-Shattering But There Is Earth Moving

When I got home this morning from my walk, there were three guys with a machine that I guess did what you see above. They hadn't done it yet but they were fixing to.
"Y'all making us sidewalks?" I asked them.
"Yep," the older guy said. "We sure are."
"When are they going to be done?" I asked him.
"Oh, next week," he said. Then he looked at the other two guys and busted out laughing.
"Well, we'll really get started next week," he said.
"Okay," I said. "Be seeing you."
I walked on into my gate and came in and took a shower and went to town and when I got home, it looked like that. I hope the boys can put their handprints in the sidewalk. I wonder if we're going to have a curb. If not, people are just going to drive on the damn sidewalks. I know Lloyd.
Saw the Sheik this morning.
"Where you been? You been okay?"
"Aw, I've been busy," I said. "And yesterday I walked down to the county line instead of my usual walk."
"Oh," he said. "Then he repeated, "You okay? Everything all right?"
I was so filled with sadness and feeling worthless and being anxious and all that crazy bullshit that I didn't even know what to say and besides that, just having him ask me that almost started up the tears.
"I'm fine," I said. "Everything's good." Because you know- everything IS good. So good.
"All right," he said.
"And you?" I asked.
"Yeah, I'm fine."
"Okay. Take care."
"You too."

I wonder if he is fine. I know he's had several heart surgeries. I know he can't be real okay. Makes me feel like a damn whiney butt wussy to complain to the Sheik. Do you realize I don't even know where he lives? I know where his brother lives. I know where his sister lives. He must live somewhere nearby but I don't know where.
And yet, it's so odd how I feel a connection to him. Maybe just because I've been seeing him around for almost forty years. I mean, I didn't live here that whole time by any means, but that's how far back I remember seeing him. But I'd never say, "Oh, you know. I suffer from anxiety and depression. Today's a bad day."
I might possibly someday say, "Oh, you know. I get my spells where I'm down."
But I probably won't.
And he'll probably never tell me, "Oh, I'm having angina and the doctor says I might need another surgery."
Nope. Not gonna happen. He's going to wear his sunglasses and his hat and he's going to carry his walking stick and he's going to be cool and I'm going to wear my men's baggy cargo pants and carry my little dog-fennel stem and we're going to meet in the road and we're going to exchange these greetings and that's the way it is.
But somehow I so often feel that more gets said than what comes out of our mouths.

So it's been a day. I was the chicken-and-dumpling fairy and dropped some off to the new mama and to Lily. Owen's very excited that they're coming over tomorrow. I'm going to be feeding them supper and I asked him what he wants. He wants either:
1. Steak
2. Pizza, or
3. Pancakes and bacon.

We shall see.

I went to Fanny's and had lunch and got to see May and Taylor and Michael and I went to the library and to the nursery where I bought organic pesticide and organic fertilizer. I went to the grocery store where I bought bacon and a frozen pizza. Mr. Moon is not home yet from the sea but if I can believe a picture he sent me

they did indeed catch red snapper. That's going to be a good supper. 

Here's what I'm having tonight.

A friend brought me over some beautiful but rather soft tomatoes and I'm cooking them with red pepper and mushrooms and a squash from my garden and onions from my garden and a few yard-longs from my garden and a green tomato that worms got to from my garden, and garlic and I'll chop up some basil and put it all over pasta. 

Everything is good. Like I told the Sheik. Everything is good. 

See you tomorrow. 

Love...Ms. Moon


  1. Ugh, it doesn't even help, to tell people how you really are. Better to just feel good about the human interaction and take comfort in the 'how you doin'' rituals and say 'I'm not too bad' and leave it at that. I spend so much time telling people my miseries and wishing I was talking about something else. Better to laugh, when you get the chance. Maybe.

  2. I'm glad you checked in again this evening. I was worried about you. You and the Sheik, it seems to me your souls greet each other in a way that makes words superfluous. And can you have sidewalks without curbs? How would that work? I think I'm missing something. Love you, dear woman.

  3. Jo- I agree.

    Angella- I think you're right about me and the Sheik. He's special to me. He's part of my sense of place. He's my neighbor. We truly see each other. We really do.
    I suppose we will have curbs. That will be a new thing in Lloyd. We're sort of backwards here. I'll keep you posted.

  4. I love you, Mary darling.


  5. That conversation with the Sheik is beyond priceless.

  6. Maybe he knows fine how you feel. I have a friend at the school gate who says she can tell by the way I walk if I'm having a particularly bad day.

  7. I love the way you write about that conversation. Sometimes (?, often?), detailed explanations with words are too compliacted. And conversation rituals can be a lot more sustaining, putting that whole existential mess and pain and suffering back into the frame work of being humans.

    I hope you will have a better day.

  8. Sometimes its a sort of osmosis, the way we 'know' people we see over the years that we don't really know anything about.... unless you're my mother, then you do actually know everything about everyone you ever meet!!!x

  9. Boy, you and I are kind of on the same wavelength today. Kind of.

    There's a lot left unsaid but still communicated in the sort of conversation you had with the Sheik. He could tell you were feeling down, and you were both aware of what wasn't being discussed. Which, in a way, acknowledges it -- don't you think? Or maybe I'm fooling myself. :)

    That soup looks great, but I hope you took the worms out first. :)

  10. Beth- I love you, Beth Darling. I do.

    Elizabeth- I feel like he and I are opposites and yet, the same.

    Mwa- It's quite possible. He's been watching me walk for many years now.

    Sabine- I love how you put that. Perfectly.

    Young At Heart- Ha!

    Steve Reed- I think you're right. I do. And yes, I cut out the wormy part. I promise you.

  11. it's that time of year...gobs of tomatoes. the market is going right now and so I buy buckets full to skin and freeze for the coming rest of the year. I think there is one package of tomatoes left in the freezer from last year. and corn. they planted late this year, all that rain, so it's not in yet.


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