I haven't been sleeping well. Actually, neither of us has been sleeping well. We went to Sleep Country and paid an atrocious amount of money for two Polar/Tropic Pillows. OMG...these things are amazing. Where I would normally take hours to get to sleep it now takes minutes. Where if something woke me I would be awake for the rest of the night, now I just drop back to sleep again (if I wake up at all in the first place). Before if the phone rang in the night I was on my feet and the first words out of my mouth would be, "what's wrong?". You need to know all this to fully understand the enormity of what happened last night.
The phone rang.
I managed to pry one eye open. The blaring red numbers on the clock read 3 something or other. It was pretty fuzzy. I don't sleep with my glasses on. It took five rings before I managed to separate the receiver from the base. My lips were dry and fastened together with what felt like crazy glue. My tongue fastened to the roof of my mouth. Only one eye would open just a tad.
"izzzzit?" I inquired.
"Miguel? It's me, Arman. You know, from the group? You said I could call any time right?"
"Nomeeeee." I said, and hung up.
Three, maybe five heartbeats and the phone rang again. I wasn't in any better shape.
"Ohhhhhhhh." I moaned.
"Miguel? Are you all right? You sound like you're having a stroke."
"Oh my God. I'm hanging up and dialing 911 right now. I'm coming over. Don't worry Miguel. Help is coming."
The phone hung up in my ear.
The last volley of rings from the phone must have penetrated the 'no hearing aids in' 'dead to the world' sleep of the hubs.
"Phnaaa?" he inquired.
We both turned over and went back to sleep on our wonderful new pillows.
Now, in the light of a new day, lips and teeth unstuck, eyes open, I'm beginning to wonder if it was real or if it was all a dream. Perhaps a brain bubble surfaced overnight and I just thought I was answering the phone. If it was real someone named Miguel got some unexpected company last last night (or early this morning). Sorry Miguel. I tried for you, I really did.