Tuesday, April 18, 2006

A stray thought brought on by a passage of Daniel Handler's new book 'Adverbs'

We used to add — only half-jokingly — the phrase "if we're still talking" to plans we made or discussed. There were times when it seemed more realistic to use such a disclaimer, but others when it was more of a playful reference, an inside joke, a shared world. I used to think that time would never come. I even thought it after we were no longer seeing each other every day, even after we were talking again (sort of) after not talking for three months, even a few days ago. Wouldn't I avoid a lot of wasted thought and worry if I could just accept the idea that it's finally come to pass, that we're not still talking?

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