Saturday, May 10, 2008
Freedom and Loneliness
"Man, I don't know if I should have quit drinking. I'm not losing any weight. And I broke up with my girl," he whined.
"It takes time," I offered. "Everything does."
"I guess. I mean, its OK and all. Yesterday, I went to a vegetarian restaurant for lunch. It was a real hippie affair, you know, all yellow and orange and green with this colorful tent-like material hanging from the ceiling. I had some tonic--that's what they called it--and some humus and vegetables and crackers. I sat there and read and wrote and I thought, 'I can do anything I like.' It was so good, I went back that night."
"Who'd you go with?"
"Nobody. I went by myself."
"Yea. That's alright. It's good to have your freedom."
As he walked away, I noticed he looked heavier than before.