This is a guy thing… mostly… I keep forgetting the anniversary… it happened before and she wasn’t too mad… but let’s make amends just to be sure! – What’s that honey? No, I’m talking to myself! errr…
So, one day after announcing Wabi~Sabi’s new size, I forgot that it was our 12th anniversary! Yeah, June 9th 2003 was the day I picked her up. She was to be mine, forever, until death do us part. She loves me too much to complain when I molest her day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. Yeah, cook for me you, errr right – you’re a car… I meant give me more sleepless nights!
Last year it was “11 years in the making”, this time it’s “the dirty dozen”, or I wish it would have been true. She was spic ‘n span for almost half of her life. I have only myself to blame. Not daring to, not eating enough beef, thus not being a real man. Again, I have no idea why I didn’t do for a rally setup straight off the short wheelbase project. It’s my thing, the way I like going about, always been. Precious time and money squandered. She was never meant to be a track car. It wasn’t too late though, oh noes it wasn’t! A few cuts here and there, switch this, raise that, whew – all better! Time for a dusting? I should… but I can’t! Not yet. Not until she gets a “B in 12th grade”. Soon my lady, soon, as the leaves turn to bright colors may you begin your new life – our new life!
For the amends, something I had written back in 1995, when my dreams were not yet tangible:
“LOVE IN TOP GEAR”
(L’AMOUR EN VITESSE)
Translated in English for the Purpose…
(c) 1995 – Original French version
(c) 2015 – Translated English version
Something is missing in my life – is it money? Surely not, I have a decent paying job. Is it love then? I hesitate… to receive – no, to give! Yes, that’s it! What can I do though? I am no good in relationships. Adopt a baby maybe? I don’t think a single man is up to the task. Not me anyway. I’ve got it, a puppy! – my allergies, I forgot. What a vicious circle! What can I do?
I stare out the window, maybe some new idea will come to me. Suddenly, I see something! Yes, that’s it! Could it be that easy? The solution to my problem, it is her! How can this gift from heaven be? The dream, a miracle, finally, thank you!
She disappears as fast as she came. Hastily, I rush out of the house. I look in every direction. Have I lost her? No, there she is! I run as if my life depended on it. Amazing, the way she moves, such grace, such vigor; she is perfect – we are meant for each other! I decide to pursue. Out of breath, I try to keep on going. I cannot quit now! The dream of a lifetime can’t just slip away like this. I will have her! I have so much love to give, and I must give it!
Luckily, she stops at the corner diner. My lungs burning, my legs numb, I limp inside. The setting is perfect, the atmosphere is casual. I nervously introduce myself. A stranger to her eyes; she hesitates, I try to look calm, but she finally gives in and offers me a seat. Very anxious, I ask her many quick questions. She does not seem to understand what I’m trying to do – what I’m hoping for. Maybe a drink would break the ice? I call a waitress and promptly offer one. She accepts. Good, that will work better. She stares at me, perplexed. I wonder how I will be able to convince her that I’m the one.
The drinks arrive. She sips hers slowly, looking obviously troubled. I better get to it before it’s too late. Sweating, I finally muster up the courage and I ask her the question. She promptly refuses. Like one would swat a bothersome fly. I am shaken but I am not giving up! Again, she turns my offer down. My dream is right in front of me, how can this happen? What do you mean “no”? I am not giving up! Out of ideas and out of breath, as final resort, I kneel before her and begin to beg. “Please accept my offer!” What do you mean “yes”? I am not giv- … wait, did she just accept?
At long last, my dream has come true! She will not regret it! Finally, I can set that bound love free! Hopefully, everything will work out as planned. Think positive, it will – it has to! Tomorrow, just you wait until I introduce her to David, a good friend of mine; he’s going to be so jealous! This is complete ecstasy!
The first day of my new life has begun this morning. I roll into the gas station very cautiously. I greet David joyfully as he spots me. His face is in awe; he obviously saw her! I grin intensely. As he walks over, he asks me where on Earth did I find such a sexy lady. I blush furiously; I mean, who could believe corner diners could hide dreams? David picks up the usual gas pump nozzle, to which I panic instantly! Are you kidding me? – For HER, it’s premium!
Hopefully, I am forgiven… Oh, and don’t worry, Sylvie, this was when I thought of myself as an eternal bachelor. Now, I have both ladies, which is even better! To the dirty dozen then! Cheers! 🙂