” We’re friends already.”
“Yes we are and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn’t mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often. I don’t want to lose this happy space and where I have found someone who is smart and easy and who doesn’t bother to check her diary when we arrange to meet. All the way home I told myself these things and these things were the solid pavement beneath my feet and the neat clipped hedges and the corner shop and Jacqueline’s car. Everything in its place; the lover, the friend, the life, the set…”
— From Jeanette Winterson’s “Written on the Body”
This is actually one of my favorite excerpts from my favorite lesbian author, Jeanette Winterson. Isn’t it nice that when you are reading a book then suddenly you liked a certain quote suddenly you think of someone while reading that? When I was reading this book, Written on the Body, I was involved with a certain fall out (tom)boy. Actually the story is a bit like ours well the difference is that they had something to call ‘a thing’ between them. Well anyway, this excerpt struck me the most there. it doesn’t mean that it’s for the fall out (tom)boy, but it’s beautifully written. Just a few days ago, I read that excerpt again and this time I made my girlfriend read it. It took me awhile to realize the appropriateness of the excerpt to her. Isn’t it nice when you are reading something, someone pops up inside your head and you just can’t stop but think on how that excerpt is being actualized in reality by this one person you’re with right now? I am floating in my own bubble and that all I can think of is this person who is bringing joy into my life right now. I am thinking about how timely she came into my life and actually saved me from the adverse effects of excessive attraction to people with hang ups in their lives. I kept on telling her over and over again that she actually saved me and I am being thankful for that. I am happy with my relationship with her ( isn’t it obvious that i’m happy and contented?).
Christmas day, we were together in Trinoma. Super dami ng tao. I’ve never seen Trinoma with lots of people in it. I must admit that used to be me and fall out (tom)boy’s place. The previous day, the 24th, we were in Robinson’s Galleria and that was also where my ex and I used to date. The best thing in having a new person in your life, you are building memories with this new person even though there are territories where you and your ex used to date. It’s like you’re a whole new being, a tabularasa where there are new experiences and memories to write on. This doesn’t mean I am denying or excluding the existence of those people who were involved with me in one way or another.. All I know is that Makati is our territory. Hehe. Everything is really in its place, the lover, the friend, the set..