The Paperback Edition…
My bedroom walls are covered with black & white blow-up posters of all the places I would like to visit but will probably not…Paris, London, Gloucestershire, anywhere in Scotland and Stockholm.
Did I mention that I am just a teeny bit claustrophobic? Oh. Well, now you know. Otherwise normal…very normal.
I also have huge posters of every animal I have ever owned…except for the 4 goldfish I once bought at Sam’s Club. They actually died before I could come up with exotic names for them…
“Hello, Emma,” I whispered to my sleeping cat…most beloved cat…
She looked up at me from her favorite resting spot…the top of my bed pillow…and smiled.
“Are you going to have your customary glass of red wine tonight, Tobey?” she asked.
Do you think it’s odd to talk for your pet? I mean…to give a voice for your pet?Or…perhaps even to have a conversation with your pet?
Well here’s the deal. If you ever move into an apartment building that has a lot of senior citizens who have pets, you will find that it is not odd at all. It’s normal…very, very normal.
And besides…if someone asks you a question, it would be rude not to answer…right?
I turned on my bathroom night-light and politely answered Emma’s question.
“Not tonight dearest, I am exhausted.”
I was only able to read for about ten minutes which really ticked me off since the book I was reading was so exciting.
But my eyes were starting to close so I put the book on my night stand, turned off the floor lamp by my bed and cursed because I had forgotten to turn off the hall light.
I dragged myself out of bed and padded down the hall, hit the switch off and cursed again since I was now in almost total darkness…having also forgotten to turn on my living room night-light. Using the light from the courtyard I went over and turned it on.
I literally staggered back down the hall to my bedroom.
As I sat on the edge of my bed, I apologized to God for being so tired as I said my nightly prayers.
“Dear God. I’m sorry. Thank you. Please help everyone. Amen.”
I put my head down on the pillow and rolled over on my right side…then I rolled over to my left side…almost unconscious at this point… but then…I rolled back over to my right side…AND THEN…
..here we go…