Layers and layers of the-same-old-garbage peel back and the inner rotten core sees the light of day. That one impossible challenge faces me and I quiver beneath its stare. I understand the keenness of the knife that I suspend over my heart. Its plunge into my breast seems inevitable.
Then along comes Genevieve and she tells me, remember, you are awesome, and I think to myself, How can I remember something that I never knew? I have not forgotten that I am awesome; I never believed it; I do not believe it now. I hear that voice: Same old shit, same old shit, don’t bore us, and I wonder: Whose voice is that? Then Genevieve embraces me and repeats in her tender tones: You are awesome, don’t ever forget that, and I get through the evening, at least; and relatively unscathed. I see the knife hovering but a thin shield blocks its glancing blow. The blade retreats.
It’s the twenty-eighth day of the thirtieth month of My Year Without Complaining. Thanks to my dear friend Genevieve, life continues at least for another day.