Just Write ~ The First

September 13, 2011

We are driving along, just the two of us. I channel surf for tunes as Elsie Jane kicks and coos from her backwards position behind me. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is where I land and I sing it at the top of my lungs, windows down.

Somehow she loves it when I sing.

The working day is never done, but girls, they wanna have fuhunn.

I pass by a house with much recycling out front. Cans and cans and bottles and bottles and cardboard boxes. All from alcohol. I think about how that used to be my end of the driveway and how it didn’t take long to add up and so I’d try to hide parts of it under cola types of things.

I think about how, with the boys, I had to pump and dump a lot and worry because it is very simple: I was drinking too much. Maybe I was trying to chase away boredom, cause girls they wanna have fun.

But now it’s September and it’s in the 80’s, bright and sunny and new and for some reason I have on a long-sleeved shirt. Elsie starts to fuss, she doesn’t really like the car, and so I speed up a little and sing a little louder. I turn on our street and I realize that I am chasing boredom with a song.

I put my arm out the window and wave it a little and we pull up, bump bump, up the empty driveway, and we’re home.


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