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men in my bedroom

I’m squeezed into a corner of my sunny office, which is packed to the rafters with stuff. Outside, much going on – four Chinese electricians are here today and will be here tomorrow. Much noise, chatter, drilling, pounding, explaining.

Here is JM explaining the many charts he has posted on every wall:

And yes, this is more men in my bedroom than have been there for many years.

Today, a surreal moment – I asked my neighbour Monique if she would keep my ballgown safe. Years ago, in a transcendent moment I’ll never forget, I found a Balenciaga ballgown at Goodwill. It cost $18.50, and it’s magnificent, simply and beautifully cut in heavy maroon silk with a long train and a huge detachable bow at the back. It fits me nearly perfectly – a bit big. The occasions to wear a Balenciaga ballgown are few, and so I have never worn it. And now, there is absolutely nowhere safe in my house to keep it; every closet is jammed, and every surface is covered with dust. So today I took it next door where it will be dust-free, until my house is fixed, and then until the Oscars calls. Or perhaps, more realistically, until my 70th birthday, which will be a picnic in the garden. Perhaps I will wear the Balenciaga then.

Can you imagine the person who gave this ballgown to Goodwill?

Last night, I managed to tidy the living room and my home class gathered. Normally I’d be preparing for the term to begin at Ryerson and U of T, but this term, nyet. So it was wonderful to gear up my editing/coaching chops for a class of dear friends and colleagues.

My God, that sun feels good.

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2 Responses to “men in my bedroom”

  1. theresa says:

    Ah — "The occasions to wear a Balenciaga ballgown are few…" But when the moment comes, wow, you'll have the dress! Amazing.

  2. beth says:

    And if the occasion never arises, perhaps I'll be buried in it. No, what a waste. It's truly gorgeous. Happy Sunday, Theresa.

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