Clockwork Conversation (phone monologue)

   Hello?……….Just like clockwork, I swear, I was just thinking about you………How have you been?………Same, same, you know, can’t complain……….It’s just so great to hear from you……….yeah, it’s just amazing how the time flies…………..yeah, and then the people you know the best become the people you see the least…….I know, I mean those were the forming relationships of my life………no, you just can’t replicate that time of life………..or that group, right…….Oh, we had some times, no doubt, ha ha, remember that party at that house up in the hills, with the pool, and…. yeah, please, don’t even…..and afterwards, everyone’s in the kitchen, and that guy, what was his name?……….oh yeah, he was going on about………..yeah, ha ha….we were in hysterics…..I swear I was laughing so hard my cheeks hurt the next day…..yeah, the road trips, the shows, the parties………yeah, that was an amazing bunch……we were really lucky to have found one another, I mean…..yeah, I know, like I have the time for all that now? I don’t think so……..but I don’t have energy for it either………..right, or the stomach. Still, it’s great that we keep in touch….yeah…

   Did I what?…….Yeah, I read the news…….oh come on….that’s all a bunch of baloney drummed up by the media………I can’t believe people’s appetite for that tripe, while the real issues………..I know…….tell me about it, the rich get richer and all that…..no, I’m not cynical, it’s just that……..exactly. Little wheel spin and spin, big wheel turn around and around……no, there will be a change, I’m just dubious about how positive it will be…I know, what with the population to resources equation………..Probably, but I’ll be dead by then……….a mass dying off? That’s our only hope?……..Sounds like you’re the cynical one…….

Any way, you still see any of those old folks?……..Oh yeah? What’s she up to?….Whoopteedoo, no surprise there….Hey, but what about that one that you were…………oh gawd, good riddance………….anybody else on the radar screen?……Well, good for you, you can’t wait a lifetime for someone to come along and save your life……….In the old days you had them falling all over you……No, I was a different breed; once I got hooked I just turned into her dog……..yeah, I was just lucky enough to finally find someone who likes my breed of dog……….I know, but probably just when you focus on yourself and learn to make yourself happy one’ll plop into your lap……..Are you kidding? Of course you are, everybody’s beautiful once you get close enough, it’s just a matter of having the right circumstances and chemistry that allow you to get that close…..I know, and I don’t envy you the looking, but there are advantages to being single……..exactly, that’s the key……..right, finding a way to enjoy where you’re at……..yeah, and then it’s gone……time is tight……

Hey, what about your pal with the hat collection?………I hate to say I told you so, but that guy had loser written all over him………I’m sorry, I just never trusted him, or his friend……….yeah, that worm………What?……Oh, man, that is a crying shame, I’m sorry…what a waste…..how did he do it?……….. that is so pathetic……..imagine……oh gawd………like his life was a bad movie……….

Well, actually, our life, in its own way, has started to seem like a bad movie, too, but not a sensational one, just a boring one. We love our children and are constantly amazed by them, we work hard to continue to develop our relationship with each other and with ourselves, we work all too hard at jobs we believe to be meaningful, we have all kinds of creative and social pursuits, we get reflective on birthdays and time keeps going faster and faster and all the outrageous thoughts and actions of our youth start looking like nothing but typical for that age just like everything we do now seems so utterly typical for our age, and I’m in love with my life so totally and deeply, yet it seems more and more like a very predictable movie that’s played over and over and over again….like this very conversation could be happening between any two people of our age, all very earnest, all so bloody predictable, I mean I thought we were the most brilliant and unique people on the planet, and now I feel like just another human machine and the card of my life is just feeding through mechanically, but every dot and dash feels so significant to me as it passes through me, and each of us…..so why do we do it?……………..Yeah, I guess it’s just to share some warmth……..I  mean, what’s to say? What’s to do? Nothing new under the sun.   (off phone, “Just a minute, I’ll be right there..”)

I’m sorry, I’m going to have to cut this short, wouldn’t you know, right when I get a chance to talk to a dear old friend at last, my little boy has a complete crisis that absolutely requires my attention………I know, it’s just like clockwork. But it’s been great talking………..yeah, thanks for calling, it means a lot to me……….. yeah, let’s keep in better touch. Bye. (hangs up)

(off phone) Just like clockwork.

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