Because Tomorrow May Rain But I'll Follow the Sun
The last two weeks have been an epic shitshow. The type of shitshow where if I had to pick between having my spine removed without novocaine and living through the last two weeks, I'd be spineless right now.
So this week didn't exactly inspire me with hope. Except.
Yesterday I didn't want to wake up. I could sleep late with my cat. We snuggled, her purring loudly, despite the work men literally feet from my sleeping body until around 10:30. Even with the loudest of drills inches from my head, I didn't want to get up, but finally I roused myself. I made it, barely, to therapy. Afterwards, now awake and hungry, I decided to venture into Eric Kayser the new authentic French bakery. I fell in love the moment I walked in. CHOUQUETTE! THEY HAVE CHOUQUETTE. Chouquette are a mad obsession of mine because I believed that no place in NYC would ever make chouquette.
I stand, happily, corrected.
And Paris-Brest that tastes like divinity itself. Despite my fatassery, I bought both managing to resist the financiers and madeleines.
I'm sure Proust would be proud.
I walked down the sunny street, happily munching on buttery, sugary, airy chouquettes until I got to the park.
I sat down and just enjoyed the sun and the people. It's not often I think nothing.
I thought nothing.
I watched a bit, but mainly I just felt the sun on my shoulders.
It's not often I don't feel lonely.
But I felt completely happy. Sitting. Alone. Not checking my phone. Not grading. Not talking. Not having to be anywhere.
I kept telling myself I should go. I had papers to grade. Handouts to write. An apartment to tidy. But I just sat watching the turbulent water. Enjoying the sun. Listening here and there to dogs yipping and children playing but mainly just being detached from everything, achieving that rare nirvana like state that only french confections on a perfect fall day can instill.
I was perfectly happily.
For a moment, I thought of David. Of what he was missing. This perfect happy day. I wasn't missing him. No. He was missing it, wherever he was.
And whether he knew it or not meant nothing to me.
It's a little known fact that Optimism was actually a philosophical system based on the idea that if God is all knowing and beneficent this must be the best of all possible world for he could create no other. Most days I find that the most ridiculous, insulting belief.
Yesterday, I thought it was possible.
Labels: david, french pastry, happy, optimism
Bad Bunni posted at 10/18/2012 09:00:00 PM