Post-Call

How… can I survive this? I just talked to Ian for 20 minutes on the phone from Boston. I won’t hear his voice until next Saturday. Just his voice! No touch of his hands or lips, no hearing his breathe beside me, no feeling his warmth against my back, no illicit looks behind my family’s back. No witty repartee – how can emails be witty? – no Mario Kart or Bob-ombs, no Halo and his mom’s making comments about our lovingness with regards to brutally sniping each other, no long baths reading books, no singing along to Jars of Clay in the Prius together. He’s been gone not 12 hours and I feel like I could lay down and die right now. So alone. No amount of wearing his shirts or holding Dogbert or even reading his words on a screen can ever substitute for the in-person interactions I have become so accustomed to. At least he’s made it to Boston safely. Now to Heathrow, to his IQP, and for me to a habit of obsessive email-checking in hopes one of the from lines will say Ian Ferguson. Continue Reading >>

Alone

I can’t write how terrible I feel. My husband is currently flying to Chicago, then Boston, then London and I will not see him for 8 weeks.

Thinking is impossible, as is writing, sleeping, eating, or breathing. When we got up at 4:15 this morning I wanted to hold him tightly, forever, to close my eyes and somehow make this whole trip be imaginary. Only a five short hours before we had been exercising one of our favorite priviliges as a married couple; how could it be that he was leaving me – again? Alas, alas, alas; I left him in line at SeaTac, forgetting in the rush to tell him I loved him (but he knows), and came home feeling as if I am trying to send my arm or leg off to do this job. Becoming “one flesh” upon marriage always seemed so theoretical, but IT IS NOT. Today is our 6 month aniversary (*weeps*), and after only that long I find myself feeling completely torn apart. Continue Reading >>