Dad left at ten after our medication ritual and Maggie’s food ritual. He was kind of quiet tonight, but I didn’t take it personally. “Tuesday’s are my hell day,” he said sitting on the couch as we watched the tail end of Hawthorne. For years, we watched The Weather Channel during the medication ritual as dad waited for my medications to take effect. The Weather Channel has fallen out of favor as far as our routines go. We have both grown disgusted with their gross hyperbole and over-sensationalization of minor weather events. I call it the death and destruction channel these days as they love to sensationalize disaster. Long gone are the days when meteorologists would report the weather in a sensible manner. And who in the hell wants to wake up with Al Roker?
“You have good taste in television,” dad told me complimenting me tonight. “You find interesting shows to watch.”
I took Maggie for a long walk through our neighborhood after dad left – grinning as I walked as I felt so calm and relaxed from my medications. My limbs feeling like Jell-O. My mind a serene marvel. Maggie was just thrilled to death to go on this little late evening journey. We walked all the way down to the elementary school and back taking the back roads to avoid the traffic on the main street that runs by my house. I reveled in the katydids singing in earnest tonight – a signature sound of a Southern night. It reminded me of all the times I would sit on my grandmother’s porch as the katydids sang before bed drinking iced sweet tea. We would try to spot out of town license plates on busy highway 280 as a game as we talked about the day behind us. Dad’s mother was a very special lady who took life at her own special pace. I still think my life would have turned out vastly different if she had lived longer and I lived with her on her farm in my late adolescence.
I am about to sleep for two hours and then wake up so I can listen to tonight’s Coast to Coast AM. I wonder what crazy shit they will talk about tonight? God, I love that show. It is so over the top and entertaining. I am listening to last night’s show again right now. They are discussing alien agendas and end of the world scenarios at the moment. You should see the grin on my freshly shaven face.