In the early morning hours, too early to get out of bed, during a regular bout of insomnia, I scrolled through social media and this TikTok video came across my feed. This creator regularly posts writing prompts and a challenge to create something from the answers you come up with. Although the video was posted a few days ago, I just saw it this morning, so I thought it was a sign that I should create a Slice. Here are the questions for today:
What is a quality you find attractive in other people (emotional or physical)? a sense of humor
What is a color you are wearing right now? black
If you could be one place in the world other than where you are right this second, where do you wish you could be? someplace warm, on a beach, like Playa del Carmen or Oahu
If you were a beverage, what beverage would you be? Topo Chico
Who do you miss right now? my husband
This morning I sit at the dining table, alone, drinking my coffee and sneaking in my writing before finishing up work from the week. While it’s peaceful, and I’ve already gotten a load of laundry going before 7:00 am on a Saturday, I really miss my husband. If he were right now, we might be out hiking or eating a much more elaborate breakfast than the leftovers I ate earlier. We’d both be in our black hoodies reflecting a little bit of the darkness in our personalities and hiding the actual joy we have for life. But I also would be worrying about my to-do list that would be left undone until…later. Later.
Don’t worry, nothing bad’s happened to him; we just sometimes live in different houses depending on what’s happening during the week. You see, we met a bit later in life, and by the time we became a couple, we had already each owned our own homes. I didn’t want to give up my house because, 1) my stepkids still live in my husband’s house, and not living with them is part of why I think I have a good relationship with them; and 2) my mom always said, after my divorce, my house was my insurance policy in case anything ever happened–at least I’d have a house. Our houses are a little less than 30 miles away from each other and in Southern California, we always joke that we’re in a long distance relationship. Sometimes it really helps to have a sense of humor about things like this.
So this morning my husband is off chaperoning a school trip in a city closer to his house and I’m in my house getting things done that I may not have if he was here to distract me. And I really need to stay on top of my work for the next couple of weeks; it’s almost spring break and I want to arrive in Playa del Carmen without a care in the world. Oooh, thinking about that right now has me bubbling up inside, like a bottle of Topo Chico.
Ah, what an ending!! I love how you anticipated the reader’s anxiety about your husband’s whereabouts as well as tied in the TikTok challenge answers to the end of the slice- so smart and well-crafted.
Fun how you incorporated your answers to the ‘simple’ questions into your well crafted thoughts on the day slice. Now I have to go figure out what Topo Chico is.
After you find out about Topo Chico, if you don’t already know about it, look up ranch water next!
I have seen this tic tok guy and I am not a tic tok person (out of fear) but I love the question game and I love how you took those questions further. It is beautiful how you maintain your space while loving and living with another person.
What a wonderful way to get to a cool Slice. I so enjoyed reading about a different way of managing marriage. I could picture the separate trajectories of both of your days—yours appeals to me more, I admit, school trips, not so much. And the missing part? Absence makes the heart grow fonder?… Have a wonderful Saturday.
So glad I stopped by to see you artfully weave your responses into the slice and to hear more about your marital living arrangement which you touched on in an earlier post. I have to say, it’s an idea that appeals.
People who learn of our living arrangements often comment with “that sounds like a dream”! And most of the time it is. =D
Thank you for bringing us this slice, and for giving us a glimpse into who you are and what your days and life are like.
Topo chico. Yes! Clear, bright, effervescent, classic.
And Playa del Carmen. Ahhh….I’ll be pulling up a beach chair myself…
Well, if we can’t meet somewhere between California and Illinois, we could always meet in Mexico! =D