Dinner last night ended with a musical number. (Dinner and show, I call it.) Olivia treated us to a performance of Nat King Cole's "Orange Colored Sky", complete with matching dance steps and hand motions.
After that there were plenty of "Flash! Bam! Alakazam!'s" coming from the girls' room at regular intervals.
Ethan, who was nursing a brand-new cold, asked me to make them be quiet when I came to tuck him in, and wipe his nose, and turn on the humidifier.
By now the musical number had become a duet and so this took some doing. Olivia said, "'Alakazam' is not a phrase I usually use, but I think I'm going to make it a big part of my vocabulary now. It says things in a way no other word can."
I can hear it now. "...and then after lunch, Alakazam!, we had a spelling test."
She can pull it off, too.
[Speaking of vocabulary, I know I owe you a few sentences on "truckle", but that will have to wait submissively for tomorrow.]
But after the song-and-dance and the duet and things had quieted down to just humming, David and I deconstructed the day.
It had been a trying one, and so it took a while to untangle it all.
I kept saying things like, "Start at the beginning" and "I don't understand. Just start at the beginning and tell me everything."
But his analysis and emotions were all mixed in with the events of the day and so it took some time for things to shake out.
After a couple of hours, I made a comment and David said, "Haven't you been listening to anything I've been saying?"
Which is usually my line.
I smiled, in spite of myself.
So then I said, "I just want you to be happy. What is it that you want?"
Which is always his line.
And suddenly things cleared enough for me to see and I thought, "Alakazam!"
We have traded lines and crises. He said all my lines from the last three weeks and I said all of his.
This is the Sadie Hawkins of married life. We have matching self-doubts.
Don't we look cute together?