It's been a surreal week-end, a surreal week, and frankly, a surreal month. Two weeks ago I was keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Dorian, which was chewing up the Bahamas. Two weeks ago, I was thinking that my sister-in-law was deciding not to move here, so why make the herculean effort to get all of our personal stuff out of the cottage?
Now it's two weeks later. My sister-in-law has moved in. We had Bahamian Hurricane Dorian refugees to help us make the herculean effort. I've made some progress in terms of figuring out where to put the stuff that came out of the cottage, but parts of the house look like we're in the process of a move--which, in a way, we are.
The last time we had a person living full-time in the cottage, I could see the lights of the cottage as I got in the car in the front driveway. Since then, Hurricane Irma destroyed that fence, and now we have a fence that hides the back yard.
I don't know how long my sister-in-law will stay. I do know that the U.S. has a problem with affordable housing, and my county has fewer units than much of the rest of the nation. I know that our cottage is a bit small for her, and we haven't done all the hurricane repairs that are needed. She plans to help with that effort while she's there.
I know that she might like more privacy than a back yard cottage affords. I might too. But for now, it's working out.
September has been surreal too, in terms of the death of musicians. Suddenly the musicians of my youth--Eddie Money, Ric Ocasek of the Cars--are dying. In a way, the death of musicians is nothing strange--except now they're dying of old age.
I had a similar disconnect helping my sister-in-law. I first met her when I was 19, which means she must have been about 12. In many ways, she still looks very similar. It's discombobulating to realize how long our lives have been entwined.
And now, here it is, Monday again. Time to do the bread run. We are between classes right now, but I've let the campus know that if they've gotten used to bread on Monday, we'll still have it.
Best Essay Collections of 2017 by Women Authors
2 years ago