“Can You Hear Me Now?”

07Jan08

00:06

“I know what you’ve done, but I’m not going to beat you over the head with it every chance I get”, he says to me, tonight.

I say nothing.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

“Are you there?” he says.

I say, “Partly. The rest of me is thinking about how, someday, I’ll tell you how much what you just said, what it meant to me”

He says nothing.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

“I’ll love you, no matter what happens”, he says to me.

I told him, “I’m going to hold you to that”.

He says nothing.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

“I don’t understand why you have such a hard time believing this” he says to me.

I say, “There are a multitude of reasons for this, most of which don’t even involve you. However, there’s also the fact that you lie to me”.

“I told you that I’m working on it” he says.

I say, “I believe you, and I appreciate it. You also told me that you still want to get one over on me”.

“I wouldn’t do that to you with something this serious” he says.

I say nothing.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

I say, “You’d better actually be the person you’re acting like you are, or there’s going to be some serious problems down the road”.

He says nothing.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

This is what it’s like to have a serious conversation on a cell phone when one of the parties in that conversation is on a military installation in another part of the country. You just have to imagine that the lines of dots represent times when reception cuts out, and the ensuing minutes while the non-military party waits for a call-back.

I am NOT looking forward to trying to talk when he’s finally in-country. I’m really, really not.

(For the record, in the end, we held a signal long enough to say I love you and good night).

 

~Betty

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