My neighbor Joyce was feeling much better today despite a terrible time last night. She welcomed me inside her home as she fixed us some toasted tomato and bacon sandwiches. I watched as she carefully spread on mayonnaise on toasted bread, layered with bacon and sliced tomato. She sprinkled on a little salt and pepper and then put them on plates with a heaping serving of potato chips and a kosher dill pickle spear.
"You don't remember being so paranoid last night?" I asked her, worried.
"I remember coming over to your house for something to eat," Joyce replied.
"You thought you were being followed," I said. "You said 'they' were watching you."
"Oh Lord," she replied. "Don't mind me. I am still not feeling myself."
We sat, eating our delicious sandwiches to the drone of her favorite soap opera on the TV. I was enjoying having the company of another. I get so terribly lonesome these days. I would go crazy if is wasn't for Maggie to break up the monotony of my days.
After our lunch, Joyce walked into her bathroom to bring me her many pill bottles. We sat down and organized them into a pill box.
"Gosh, you take so many," I said, flabbergasted. "No wonder you feel badly."
"Don't tell me that," Joyce emphatically replied. "I will quit taking them."
"Sorry!" I said, backpeddling.
I didn't mean to discourage her from taking her medications. I can just be overly critical these days of all these psychiatric drugs. I just worry she is being overmedicated, but I am not her doctor. I should keep my opinions to myself. I almost caused more problems than I would have solved.
"You know what would be fun?" I then asked Joyce, beaming with a grin.
"Let's ride around this evening after dark and look at all the Christmas lights."
"Daddy used to take us around to do that in his car," Joyce replied.
"You want to go? We will be like kids at Christmas."
"I would love to!" Joyce replied. "I will see you tonight."
I walked on home to a glorious greeting by Maggie. I am looking forward to exploring our little town tonight and trying to find the gaudiest Christmas decorations in our little area. That has given me something to look forward to.