Posted by: shelliejelly | May 4, 2008

And so on

When O. called me a few days later, he got my answering machine. Oddly enough, I was out with a boy I’d just recently stopped seeing. I clicked the play button and heard a somewhat familiar voice speaking to my dog, telling her who he was and that he’d really appreciate it if she could give me this message and have me call him back when I could.

The minute he said her name — Avery — another big smile crossed my face. Not only had he remembered my dog’s name, he’d also been paying close enough attention to realize how much she meant to me. And, he had a good sense of humor. I stood in my kitchen, thinking how excited I was to talk to him, wondering if the night we’d spent laughing and talking over beer was just a fluke or if something more real, more lasting was taking up residence in my heart. It had been such a long time, I don’t know if I recognized the beginning of something good or if I simply couldn’t let myself hope.

When I looked at the clock on my microwave, I knew it was too late to call him back. So I opted for washing my face and brushing my teeth, rubbing the scruff of Avery’s neck and whispering in her ear, “I think I like this one.”


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