Sunday, May 23, 2010

23. On putting the jug of water on the floor, instead of on the desk, so I won’t spill it over the computer

Do you ever write a text or e-mail, and then a voice in your head says, urgently: Don’t send that! – you’ll regret it – whatever you do, don’t send that! While another voice is raising its eyebrows archly: I’m going to, you know! And so you send it. Your heart thudding.

Also, in the future, do you think that mobile phones will split into pieces when you drop them, and fry when they get wet in the rain? Will computers crash when you spill coffee on them?

Getting up suddenly – remembering something I had to do downstairs — the jug of water on the floor flew sideways. A gushing flood of water over cords and electrical outlets and tangled modems and wireless routers. The rush and shock of it!

I got them all up out of the way. Turned off the power at the wall. Put some towels down, opened the window. It was all fine in the end. Not such a big deal. But at the time!

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Charlie running alongside me down the hill, saying, ‘Go, go, go’ and instructing me to do the same. Then he pauses, glances up at me: ‘I just have to stop and swallow the water.’ After a moment I realise he means the build-up of saliva. Most people, they just swallow that.

At breakfast, eating toast, he remarks, friendly, ‘I don’t like the black crunchy bits.’ A lot of people, in that situation, they'd tell me I'd burnt the toast.

A while ago, I put all his soft toys – teddies, puppies, snowmen, cows – in a bag and hung it from the living room door handle. I wondered when he would notice they were missing. Days went by, and then the bag caught his eye. He looked inside, busy and curious, then nodded, once, and murmured to himself: 'Everybody’s in here.’

6 Comments:

Anonymous Tammy said...

Charlie is adorable :)

what text were you afraid of sending?

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Sarah J said...

Charlie is sooo CUTE :)
I think he is very thoughtful, like i feel like he's being careful as to not to hurt you re; burning the toast etc.

Also I believe in the future the mobile phone will have mind of it's own..
Instead of you having to go oh oh oh I'm going to regret sending this later, the computer will say to you

Well you are clearly going to regret this so I'm going to crash on you and not send this. You'll thank me one day and play you a soothing song to relax your mind :)

<3 x

3:10 PM  
Anonymous sabiya said...

Charlie is so sweet! He reminds me of my little sister fatima who is going swimming today for the first time ever.

I prefer my conversations with my baby sister much more than with most grown ups :)

7:32 PM  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

Well, Tammy, sometimes I feel that way about perfectly innocent texts - just a strange superstitious feeling of dread - and then I send them anyway. And Sarah J, that is very funny - I like that idea a lot, especially the soothing music. And Sabiya, thank you! I hope your little sister likes swimming. Jx

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

Whenever I talk about someone to someone else in a text, I worry that I accidentally sent it to the wrong person.. I should maybe just stop doing that.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

Oh, yeah, I always do that too, Tammy. I don't know how to stop. Jx

4:35 PM  

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