I don’t have people in my immediate orbit with whom I can actually do stuff. They live too far away. They have a lot of family demands. They have no money. They don’t like to spend money. They don’t like to experiment. I also don’t have that husband. I mean, I have one, but he and I diverge on food and entertainment. Scene set.
For years, I waited until my son had time to venture forth…actually he is THAT friend. Anyway…I sat. I waited. I went out on my own a few times, but I was so uncomfortable…playing with the silverware…smiling mindlessly at every passing server…pretending to be hypnotized by the far wall, or,striking what I thought might be a pensive pose. By the time my food arrived, all I wanted to do was bolt. I ate, this time pretending to be having some sort of transcendental culinary experience, until I could finally get out of the place.
All that changed with my phone. No more waiting. I go. I take pictures. I eat in all kinds of new places and visit new stores. I take more pictures. In restaurants, I carry on multiple conversations and thoroughly enjoy being engaged. That far wall was a real drag. I eat at a leisurely pace. I enjoy whatever venue I happen to be in. I smile purposefully – not mindlessly. I have been liberated! I am no longer alone.
Thank you, my darling phone!