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  • 1. The truck has a flat tire.
    2. I need virus protection for my Mac.
    3. My kids and I all have a stomach bug.
    4. I don't know what to make for dinner.

    Divorcing my husband. A nice fellow, but.
    ...That's all you need to know tonight.

    In a small house, five blocks from his, we shuttle our two boys back and forth. Max, who's nine going on 49. And Tom, seven going on three.

    One of the things I want to do is stop being Lucy Ricardo and learn the stuff grown-ups need to call themselves a grown-up without sniggering. Or fearing a Lottery-like end.

    I've had 20+ years of calling myself a writer, a Creative, violently ADHD, a person with no left brain --- you name it. Those things are all true. But. So what? Gotta open the shiny metal door of the left hemisphere. Learn some stuff. And yeah. It's hard. Life is hard. And long. And full of learning. And being awake to all the beauty and dread and horrific boredom.

    Shut up and do it anyway. So, solutions for now:

    1. Opened the truck up. Vaguely remember changing all the tires on my parents cars each summer. My dad insisted we all learn.
    a. that was 30-40 years ago.
    b. I need to be my own husband. Doesn't mean I have to be my ex-husband.
    .....Getting a membership with AAA tomorrow. Then I'll ask 'em to change the flat.

    2. Asked my friends. Don't need to be fixed tonight Bunky...

    3. Stay close to home, all of us. And bathrooms. Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. BRAT diet. but we got no applesauce and can't get any cause truck has a flat and and and...

    4. Dear Bunky: shuddup. Make your mami's rice. It's the best in the world. Kids think so too. Pass out bananas and water.

    It's okay. You'll be okay. You're learning. You'll become your own husband. And if some of the solutions fail? Or worse, suck? Frakkin' change 'em girlie.

    You's adaptive.
    Flexible to the point of dirtball savant.
    Stop apologizing. Be your best hack, goofy husband.
    Don't have to be perfect. .....Remember perfect?
    Boring. And we hate boring more than anything, don't we ducks?

    Oooooh! Rice is ready!

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