In Which the Consequences of Our Chosen Lifestyle Come to Light


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.

Me: True.

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.

Aaron: True.

Lengthy pause.

Me: I know what people do!

Aaron: What?

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.)

Here we are at some Roman ruins, which clearly proves we are not out of touch. Nope. Not us.


2 thoughts on “In Which the Consequences of Our Chosen Lifestyle Come to Light

  1. I love this. Very much. Especially your husband’s definition of “cool people” — I cannot wait until you are driving distance!

  2. Annie says:

    Nice on the Scrabble and Mozart. We read in the evenings and do puzzles and talk or walk and talk. I am trying no TV. And so I like to sew then as well.

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