11/30/19 22:48 Bethlehem, PA
It’s my first night back in over a week. Meli and I were on the phone a little while ago, there are questions about how Ali and I lived together for so long. Instead of elaborating here, I will say that we tried to make the best of the situation we were in. When I was younger, I had a tendency to romanticize the struggles we encountered, the economic hardship of the young writer with a drinking problem and a wandering eye. The irresponsible man who liked to avoid any confrontation and felt somewhere or someone would drop down from the skies and have the ability to take him out of the life he was leading. 25 years later, I am wiser. I am trying to learn how to take care of my life, put some order into it. It’s not just the kids, but also my ex and my parents and siblings. I am discovering that I can make it. Meli has been able to share her progress, she’s very independent. Years ago that would have threatened me, I assumed to have a healthy relationship there must be some sort of dependency. Balance was leaning to the person in-charge. But this is not the case. We are forging a real union based on equals. Based on respect and love. When I arrived back here this morning, I believe I arrived in a little over two hours from Long Island, maybe that’s a new record. Soon, I was running into the chores. Laundry, water the plants, get out for a long run cause it’s going to snow tomorrow, who knows when I can get in a run again? Go! I ran for over ten miles today. It felt great, I had the energy and could have went on for more, but wanted to speak to Meli. Take clothes from washing machine, throw in dryer, check lint, food shopping, dry cleaner, work on my power point, take a shower. It’s almost 11:00 and I am beat. I will work on the new novel and eventually get to sleep. But it is odd being back here. I didn’t see a movie and maybe tomorrow is better? It’s time to get ready for bed. Maybe it’s time to check out the 6:30 AM meeting in the morning, if it’s not snowing too much. Maybe not.
Thank you for reading this.