Today is the first enjoyable day of the year. This morning, I
stepped out of a university building and got submerged in a warm,
humid layer of air.
I looked at the thermometer – 26° C. That’s not much! I am so not
used to it anymore. Feels like the sun is burning my skin.
A classmate invited me to a barbecue at 7 PM. Sticking a fork
into an undercooked potato, sitting on a balcony and looking at
concrete blocks is the ultimate act of complacency.
19:00 (running late)
I stopped by the supermarket to get a watermelon. Having picked a
fine one, I decided to make a detour towards the
cooling shelf. In an instant, my eyes
were drawn to the delicious premade sandwiches.
The self-talk kicked in: “You can’t be serious. There will be a
barbecue in a few minutes! Have some decency!”
I walked away from the shelf.
“No, I am an adult!
I am allowed to make stupid decisions!”
I returned to the self and took out a sandwich. Then I went to
the checkout. A remarkably heterosexual couple in their 50s waited
in the line in front of me.
When I was placing the items on my belt, the man looked at the
sandwich and mumbled something incomprehensive in his wife’s
general direction. I was intrigued and issued an unmistakeable
Huh!? towards him.
“Oh, it’s nothing,” he said, “I was just saying to my wife: ‘Look
at the youth. Too lazy to butter their own bread!’”
“You need to be unreasonable from time to time”, I explained to
“Yeah”, the man said and pointed to his wife. “She did the same.”
That seemed like a healthy
Anyway, the sandwich was delicious.