erik lundegaard

Three-Day Weekend

Monday night, the last night of the three-day weekend, Patricia was reading in bed while I was taking off my shoes on a nearby chair. I was a little down. Friday night, with all its possibilities, seemed but a moment ago, and here it was, Monday night already. It had been a fairly productive weekend but it was still Monday night. I sighed. Patricia looked up from her book.

“Three day weekend,” I said, then pantomimed a small explosion with my hand. “Poof.”

She nodded.


“Although I suppose no matter what I’d done,“ I said, ”we’d still be at this point in time.”

It wasn’t until I said it that I realized I was actually feeling guilty. Not about anything that had or hadn't been done; simply about the passage of time. If only I’d been more careful or attentive, I was feeling, this three-day weekend wouldn’t be over just yet. But I hadn't been attentive enough, and here we are, and I’m sorry, I’m sorry.

Long way of saying I turned 48 yesterday. And I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

My friend Doug's birthday party, circa 1969. I'm the leftmost kid, wearing what looks like a tennis sweater. In front of me, in shirt and tie, is my friend, Mark. The birthday boy is center stage, holding a small flag.

Posted at 06:36 AM on Fri. Jan 21, 2011 in category Personal Pieces  


Patricia Bradbury wrote:

I love that photo. Can you name everyone there?

Comment posted on Fri. Jan 21, 2011 at 06:43 AM

Erik wrote:

Nope. But the right-most figure, in suit and tie, is Tim Fetterly, while the kid sitting behind him is Mark Tambernino. Don't know the others.

Comment posted on Fri. Jan 21, 2011 at 07:06 AM

Karen wrote:

Ahhh, before the sick-ly years. You look so cute. Sorry you turned 48. I'm not crying yet though. I'll save that for 50. But 48 does sound kind of old.

Comment posted on Fri. Jan 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Mister B wrote:

So does 46. I haven't had nearly enough people ask me my age so that I might start getting used to it.

Comment posted on Sat. Jan 22, 2011 at 01:10 AM
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