Rio de Janeiro, on the island in Guanabara Bay…
Sunday morning is a disaster. I was demolished, maybe slept
an hour at best, and can hardly begin to sort out my feelings.
Our fabulous NY Eve had turned into near disaster, with him
so drunk, more so than I’d Ever seen him, crashing into people,
passing out for 4 hours, leaving me in a strange country with
no idea where to go or what to do. Thank God for the kindness
of Brasilians, all Two Million of them along Copacabana Beach,
for there were a few who knew 3 words in English and helped
me while I waited for Mr Wonderful to wake up.
When he awoke, it was dawn, and he was still drunk, and
kept asking me if I still loved him. Once he awakened on the
street, we found the bus, walked home up the hill, and collapsed.
The same thing went on all day Sunday, him all pitiful and so
hungover, but somehow we got through it. Not pretty.
Monday, no one was working, so we stayed home, and I got sick.
Throat sore, coughing, sinus ache… tired… We slept a lot,
watched movies, and slept some more. It was a good way to
avoid facing our reality from both sides, I suppose.
Tuesday we went for a long walk to the town area and stores
where we could get groceries, and I bought a great set of
stainless steel pans to replace the toxic antiques he was used
to using. Here I was buying organic produce, and he was
using aluminum and teflon, with no idea what he was doing
to his gorgeous cooking.
He was a great cook, having learned at his Grandmother’s
side, and I remember fondly the way he would make cross cuts
on the half onion in his hands, using a small paring knife,
then make slices across to make little squares for his sauces.
He’d do it the way old people used to do, and beautiful hands
he had…brown and graceful and elegant, as he laughed and
stirred and tasted.
I am sick with fever, and after we walk home through the
old delapadated suburbs and put things away, he goes out
again. He doesn’t just go out… he comes back and goes out
again, getting drunk, snorting god knows what, and getting
The third time he wants to go, he tells me not to let him,
to tell him Not to, so I do, and he lingers.
Finally I say…”want a massage?” and he melts.
“OK”… and he falls upon the couch pads.
He falls asleep during the entire back side massage, and
sleeps deeply, quietly, the way he almost always does…
How can a man like him be so peaceful in sleep?
He wakes up speaking Portuguese, and I guess talking
himself awake from a dream leftover. I laugh…
He does amuse me.