"I already ate all my bananas," Joe says. Jammie clad minus the t-shirt, bare chested boy lopes into the living room and drapes himself over an arm of the couch.
"A-all of them?" I say, the ones he bought himself.
"Yeah," he says. I wipe a dried coffee spot off the counter.
"How many where there?" I say.
"Eight? Since yesterday?"
"In TWO days," he says.
"In 12 hours," I say, washcloth slack.
"Yeah," he says.
"Well, how do you feel?" I say.
"Great." He grins, now sitting upright on the faded red couch arm.
"Very nourished," I say.
"Yeah," he says. "I just need two more dollars."
"To buy more bananas?" I say, my eyebrows rounding upward,
"Yeah," he nods, the responsible accountant nod.
"Wow," I say.
And so it is nonchalance and small talk unfold in gargantuan swaths.
6460. Joe continues to unfold in full blown boyhood.
6461. Betsy demands a stool in front of the stove. Jack rebuffs then refuses. "Betsy is as stubborn as Balaam's donkey," Jack whispers under his breath. And yet the two find a duet of sorts as Jack prepares dinner.
6462. My new devotionals for this new year arrive. I promptly sit down and read to catch up. Nourishment fills my soul.
6463. I plan an overnight with Jane. We whisk away to house sit for a night and fill the time with chatting, the leisure discussion that unfolds between a woman and her almost woman daughter. This is a pleasure I had not fully pictured. So. Good.
6464. Jane steps into the role of no-longer-child with so much grace.
6465. Jack continues to prep and prepare meals and desserts. I feel like I live with a chef.
6466. Craig replaces the bathroom toilet when plunging, snaking, and heaven forbid, reaching his arm down the mouth of the toilet, can no longer cure its ills. He replaces it with a champion promising to flush up to 18 golfballs at once, should we ever have the need. Brilliant.
6466. I continue to teach myself to reach for contentment. Projects linger and progress at the slow steady rate of things that actually get finished. I let this be music to my ears and harmonize with its strains.