Monday, September 24, 2007

On Familiarity

In life you tend to go back to the familiar.

The ex-boyfriend that you love/ed. The one who knows your body, who you hope knows your heart, the one who gets your jokes, and knows where you’re coming from.

The friends you grew up with. The ones who know your early secrets, share your early memories, the ones you can meet after twenty years and still find a way to keep the conversation going for a couple of hours.

The foods that remind you of happier times. Like thali cake, a sweet coconut filled concoction that my grandmother in India used to make each time I visited. Comfort food you indulge in when you aren’t quite sure where life is heading.

Yet familiarity breeds contempt.

Eventually you realize that you moved from being the ex-boyfriends sweetness, to his occasional booty call. That he does know your body, but these days its more of a chore rather than an exploration. That your heart and feelings are more of a burden to him, than an actual concern.

That after all the hours of joking around with old friends, you get to the awkward pause. The point where you’re all caught up with the past, and there is nothing to propel your friendship into the future.

And the food that still gives you that warm fuzzy feeling, now also gives you a jiggly layer on your otherwise washboard tummy ;)

I am tried of the past. Of living in it, of wishing for it, of hoping for it

So if anyone of you comes across my future, can you tell it to hurry up and get here already?

In the meantime I am relishing in the moment.

12 comments:

Jumbie said...

Oikes.... you see a washboard tummy in your future?? Gadzooks!

So how's the apt working out?

Time to set new goals... if you can work and achive the lair, then anything else is a matter of focus.

GC said...

sounds like it's time for a salsa night--just you and your gurls a la
Pink

Off To Egypt! said...

Dang...who peed in your coffee pot this morning? I mean it's true, but lawd...LOL.

Lemme find out CP suffers from Seasonal Affect Disorder just like me. I agree with GC. Time to break out the heels and go salsa dancing.

:)

Off To Egypt! said...

Dang...who peed in your coffee pot this morning? I mean it's true, but lawd...LOL.

Lemme find out CP suffers from Seasonal Affect Disorder just like me. I agree with GC. Time to break out the heels and go salsa dancing.

:)

Crankyputz said...

SHADDUP. IM BEING REFLECTIVE..

what u mean your off to egypt?

Show off!

Jdid said...

nice post.i agree with you about the future but i'm not ready to give up my old friends or my old food even if it makes me fat

scratchie said...

ditto to Jdid...what's a few pounds for the sake of friends. BTW, I spoke to Future and he says he's right around the corner.

bobby said...

i see me in your future check it out ... he he he

Crankyputz said...

17 times bobby???

Fiyah said...

Its both funny and sad how our lives move in phases isn't it? Grief and hard times in the past and inevitably in the future. Thank goodness the good times are usually just as consistent. Thinking about things like that can make you feel really small...

Good post!

Leon said...
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Leon said...

Familiarity truly breeds contempt. It's nice to reminisce every now and again, but that's all old friends usually do. Friendships fray under the pressure of everyday life.