I just got this message from a friend on my answering machine:
“Hi, Faustus, it’s C. Can you tell me, is it a bad thing when you want to carve the Serenity Prayer on your arm with a pocket knife? Please give me a call. Please.”
Also, E.S.’s parents are moving into our house on Friday.
Oh, Dewdrop. I know if my love-dumpling’s parents were to move in with me I’d want to open a vein and step into a warm bath. Upon further reflection you might discover that the pocket knife/serenity prayer seems like a moderate alternative.
If I were you I’d start hiding bottles of vodka and boxes of pixies around the house. Luv.
Mmm, that is definitely a lot of carving, but a good message to carry with you on a daily basis…. There are certainly worse sayings one could want to carve into one’s arm.
As for the in-laws, look at it this way: They are willing to be with you. Gotta be grateful for that. I know a lot of couples in which the partner wouldn’t get the time of day. (That said, however, I am not happy when either my own mom or my in-laws are here – and I hope they never read this. I think we’re safe on that….)
And where will you and E.S. be moving?
jeez, so that’s what it takes to get mentioned on this blog? witty threats of violence? i’ll have to work on that.
I was wondering whether E.S.’ parents’ moving in with you was something that you needed the courage to change or the serenity to accept; clearly, I lack the wisdom to tell the difference.
Is this a permanent arrangement?
And, why a pocketknife? Why not a charming tattoo?
I was going to say something witty, but TED stole my idea. However, I must say that the juxtaposition of two seemingly irrelevant thoughts which both give greater elucidation to the overall theme, and done so sparingly, is awe-inspiring. By comparison my writing looks barbaric, it is no wonder that you get paid to do it.
I just want to tell you that your book Swish is preventing me from getting to bed at a decent hour (ok, so maybe that’s not the ONLY thing, but still) because I cannot put it down and now I cannot wait to read your blog!
There’s always that house on stilts in Bali! (ES has payback down, btw.) But first give them a chance–you all might have a blast. And just think of all the likely blogging material.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never walked in on two old people having sex, and I’d sort of like to keep it that way.
‘Fess up Faustus – that was you who carved the Serenity prayer into your arm with a pocket knife, right?! BTW when is your Dad moving in?
I know this is random and all, but I saw someone on Singaporean TV last night who looked just like you.
I hope all is well, E.S.’ parents are settling in, the social situation is good, and that you have a very happy Festival of Lights this year. Best of luck, Herr Doktor.