Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Today, I met a resident who, in a brief conversation, I learned is engaged to be married as soon as possible. That's what she said--as soon as possible. At first, I thought that maybe she was going to head to the altar after rounds. But, it turns out, as soon as possible actually means mid-July.

It also turns out that she has only known her until death do us partner for about 12 minutes. She reflexively started to defend her choice to enter into a lifelong commitment with someone she just met when I cut her off to reassure her.

"Look, you don't have to explain it to me," I said. "I dated a guy for years before I married him, and that turned out to be a complete and total disaster. You never know. It's all luck."

Shut up. It sounded reassuring in my head.

She replied, as though, with the voice of true love experience, she could somehow educate me, "I think that you just have to know what the deep cry of your soul is."

Okay, well, thank you for the tip. But, the thing is...my soul's not crying. My soul is laughing. Barefoot, spinning in circles on the beach with her arms flung out at her sides, singing along to this, laughing.

That said, I sincerely wish the engaged resident all the happiness and luck in the world. That her soul might laugh as well.


It's just me... said...

I want that, a laughing soul...tell me how to get it.

MmeBenaut said...

So glad that your soul is laughing little one. I listened to your song - well, half of it and I agree, it is an uplifting little number!

Anonymous said...

Laughing - that's the way to go. Might as well dwell in joy.

Maria said...

I always want to smirk when people say things about the deep cries of their soul.

Because being married has more to do with having compatible thoughts about money and family than about your soul.

In fact, who the fuck really knows what their soul is crying for anyway? We all just wing it and hope we end up okay...

.j.william. said...

my soul wants a beer and a nap. not necessarily in that order.

nina said...

if my soul is saying anything i would hear it anyway im too busy with Small Business and English 201
that song is wonderful btw. i havent seen Juno but everyone tells me i should.