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“No one looked at me today when I walked home from work,” he said to her. And he’s handsome. But he has wrinkles and his hair has greyed.
And I get it. Because Todd took pictures of me last weekend. Pictures of a man I almost recognized — with a creased neck and a hairline that once was.
And I think back to 2 months ago.
At Bar Palma. And how many more times than usual I smiled at strangers as if to ask them if I still had it, and how many more times than usual their eyes jumped away as if to tell me that I did not.
I think about having kids.
And what that would be like.
And what it would do to my mediocre career of Almosts. Swings untaken. Or taken and missed. And I think what I’d need to happen for me to be proud. And how I don’t know what that would be.
I see how they’re tired. My friends who are parents. And how they’re grateful. Or maybe distracted. As if having a family hedges against failing to figure out who you are.
And I fear what I’ll have to show.
If I stay both unknowing and also without.
And I wonder what else there is.
What else there might be.
But maybe there isn’t.
Maybe getting older is just coming to terms with walking home unnoticed.