Snippets of Conversations I Had This Week


Wednesday, November 9th

The whole world is still unspeakable. My cell rings and I see it is Mark, my colleague. I hesitate. This will be the first post-travesty conversation. I pick up and say



There is an awkward silence.

“So,” Mark says, “are you studying for your (Austrian) citizenship test?”

It felt good to laugh.


Wednesday, November 9th (later)

I text my friend 2T – a fellow American living in Austria:

“How are you holding up?”

She answers, “Surprisingly well. I have accepted it. You?”

“In complete denial.”

30 seconds later, my cell rings.


Thursday, November 10th

I watch the news and tell my husband how much I wish I could join the protests. Go out into the streets.

“What would that help?” he asked.


It would help me. I could make a sign saying “I’m with the 75%!” or  “#notmypresident” and go be with like-minded people. I could stop feeling despair and fear and start sending a message. It would empower me.


Friday, November 11th

My (Hungarian) cleaning lady arrives in the morning. I talk about how cold the weather is suddenly. She laughs and answers,

“Yes. Yes.”


Saturday, November 12th

I finally reach my mom on Skype. She tells me a story about her visit to the doctor and a conversation with the receptionist there. This woman told my mom how Hillary had 100s of classified emails on her private server and that 1000s of people had died as a result.

“I didn’t even know what to say to her!” my mom said. “I just left.”


Sunday, November 13th

Invited to a family lunch, no one knows if or how to start the conversation. I put them out of their misery by bringing it up myself. One of my well-meaning relatives tries to console me by saying,

“And who knows? Maybe it won’t be that bad, maybe it will all turn out okay.”

Everyone in the room starts to laugh.


Monday, November 14th

I call my friend and fellow teacher to confirm our dinner plans for tomorrow. I haven’t seen him in ages. He says he has been stressed out non-stop since the school year started.

“Yeah, it was like that for me too,”  I replied, “but now that the world is coming to an end, everything seems easier.”

We both laugh.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow.


3 thoughts on “Snippets of Conversations I Had This Week

  1. Thanks for making me laugh, 227. I’d do some pre-emptive worrying, but Trump is so unpredictable that I’m not sure what I should focus on. So I guess I’ll adopt the same strategy as everyone else–wait and see. Buy a voodoo doll… Say a nine-day novena to St Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes… Begin digging an underground nuclear fallout shelter…

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  2. I love that you are starting to have some humor. It’s starts slow. I write a humor blog and I couldn’t write. It’s the unpredictability that is troubling. Hopefully the changes will be as slow for him as for every other president. About Hillary, people say the damndest things. Some are so outlandish that I wonder if they have their marbles. My favorite (?) was an interview with a woman who voted for Trump. She believes that he is going to bring manufacturing to their rural town, population 18,000. Even if he brings back some level (which I doubt) it will be to a more populous area where they have skilled workers and the interstate road connections are good. Don’t drink the Cool Aid!


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