August 4, 2011 by Leah
Last night, after dinner (roast chicken and braised cabbage), Aaron and I found ourselves sprawled out having the following conversation:
Me: What do you want to do?
Aaron: I dunno. What do you want to do?
Me: I was thinking about driving to Whole Foods for bacon.
Aaron: Right now?
Me: Yeah. Although I guess we don’t really NEED bacon.
Aaron, after a bemused pause: It’s hard not to use driving as a source of entertainment.
Me: Okay, no driving, no booze, [a) we’re out and b) we ingested enough on vacation to last us the entire year], and I already walked the dog. This sucks.
Aaron: What do people normally do with their evenings? Are they all at their cool friends’ houses playing board games?
Me, considering: Well, a lot of them are probably eating right now.
Aaron: At trendy restaurants with their friends?
Me: No, at their houses. They probably had to stop and pick up dry cleaning and children and go grocery shopping after work. They probably aren’t relaxing right now.
Aaron: Not everyone has kids.
Aaron: What about activities?
Me: Oh, sure. Bowling, symphony. People do those things in the evenings.
Aaron: And there comes a point when you start volunteering for stuff. Like organizing tennis tournaments or coaching Little League.
Me: Yeah. But we can’t do any of that until we move.
Me: I know what people do!
Me: They watch TV!
Aaron, a look of amazement that we had forgotten such a basic fact dawning on his face: Oh yeah!
(We ended up playing Scrabble while listening to Mozart string quartets. And then going to bed at nine.)