Good things come even if you don’t wait


Our child recovered from her fever today, and returned to being lively and cheerful. She was still lively and cheerful an hour after her normal bedtime tonight, and while seeing her crawl around the bed with a big grin on her face was rewarding, I really wanted her to go to sleep.

And not try to feed off my chest. Explaining to a ten-month-old child that men don’t lactate is not an easy task.

I had been hoping to run today, but I didn’t really wake up this morning, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding. I went to the office, drank coffee, reconciled transactions, reconciled myself with my life choices, but never really felt sentient, fully engaged or aware of my surroundings. This is a dangerous state to be in while trying to heat up soup in a microwave.

I was further confused when I received a package in the mail. It contained a t-shirt depicting a collision between two dark worlds, those of Postman Pat and Breaking Bad. My wife models it for you below. It was sent from Jim’ll Paint It ( jimllpaintit.bigcartel.com ) but quite why it came to me I do not know. It’s seven and a half months’ early if it’s a birthday present, the only message is from the eponymous Jim, thanking me for buying it, and as I have no memory of doing so, it raises the spectre of being so unholy drunk that I’ve been buying clothes off the internet and not remembering.

Which is all well and good for now, but what if tomorrow I go and check the mail and find that in its infinite drunken wisdom, my subconscious has put a suit of armour, three PVC basques and a wooden hat on my credit card?

Unexpected presents aren’t always an unalloyed joy, that’s all I’m trying to say.

After putting the baby to bed and wrestling with the confusion inspired by the mystery t-shirt, I had little time for anything else. High hopes of doing my Spanish homework or going for a run flew out the window. My only hope is to go to bed so early tonight that I wake up yesterday morning and have a day’s grace to catch up.


4 responses to “Good things come even if you don’t wait”

  1. So glad la serpienta is recovered. And. Puzzled on your behalf re the mystery donor of the t-shirt.

  2. Glad baby is better… Amazon Marketplace has gifted me two books this week: Terms of Endearment and The Horizonal Society. Sadly I would have preferred the ones I ordered, Dark Lord: The Teenage Years and Reconstructing Amelia.

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