The First Morning I Forgot You

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The morning started out as it normally did. I woke up early as usual, the quiet sounds of the morning chirping in the air, the day still cold. My roommate forgot to turn off her TV. I could hear the Game of Thrones theme song playing through the wall, the sound reminding me that I haven’t finished the latest season.

I stood up from my bed, my head aching from general lack of sleep. My mind was still a blur, causing my motor functions to slow down. It was so early that at first I didn’t realize that it was already the next day, and that I have a lot of work to do before the day is over.

After brushing my teeth and running my fingers through my hair, I decided that I was just going to go eat and work out before my classes started. I walked into the living room, and I saw my roommate. I pause for a moment, surprised that she had gotten up so early. She apparently had yet to change from her clothes from last night. Her face looked like it was carved from stone: filled with disappointment.

“When did you get back?” I asked her.

“A few hours ago.”

“You haven’t slept at all?”

“Nope. Decided it was a waste of time.” That made sense. What was the point of going to bed if you have class in two hours?

“Did you have fun last night?”

“Nah, not really.”

“What happened?”

“My date ditched me for some other girl.”

“That’s rough.”

“Yeah, can’t be helped. What did you do?”

“Nothing much. Just watched some Netflix and went to sleep.”

She nodded, and finished her food. After a while, she changed and headed for class. I scrolled through the news on my phone, seeing if I had missed any major news that happened overnight. Nothing major had happened.

The microwave beeped in it’s usual annoying manner. I quickly got my food out.

And right when I sat down to eat, I remembered you. Right at the moment when I started my computer, and the smell of coffee still strong in my nose. It was that moment when I realized that you were no longer the first thing on my mind.

This came as a complete shock to me. After months of listening to sad love songs, of self-pity, of waking up feeling like I was missing something, of blaming myself for not “doing better” in the relationship, I had just woken up to a morning where I didn’t feel like a big part of my life was gone. And apart from the shock that was this realization, I saw how such a moment could be so mundane. All this was happening while I was at my desk, opening up Hulu, and looking like someone who just rolled out of a trash can. It was a moment that was as anticlimactic as one could be.

Yet, I felt like it couldn’t have been any better. Even though this moment was lacking any of the drama that I was expecting, I felt as if a great weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

 “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein 

 

14 thoughts on “The First Morning I Forgot You

  1. Oh I LOVE this! So real. Great writing. And I know the feeling! That first day when you realize your life is moving on just as it should be… A divine moment for sure.
    Loved reading your story here…

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  2. Yeah, I can relate to this. At first I couldn’t figure out where you were going with this intro, thinking this is just a checklist of stuff being done, but it payed off with the realization at the end. It goes just like this in real life.

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  3. The morning after can bring a lot of realization into play. On has to have one’s wits about and work it out from there. The tendency is to whine and lament the night before should have been good. You did better here and the writing gets to be very interesting as we go along. Wonderful take Gina!

    Hank

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  4. The morning after can bring a lot of realization into play. On has to have one’s wits about and work it out from there. The tendency is to whine and lament the night before should have been good. You did better here and the writing gets to be very interesting as we go along. Wonderful take Gina!

    Hank

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  5. Love the point of the narrative and the Einstein quote – they fit together perfectly and are very true. Just keep pedaling.

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  6. I didn’t know where you were headed with this piece either. Not at first. It was a bit of a mystery. I’ll admit, the crime fiction writer’s mind in me traveled to a not so good place, a scary place and I thought perhaps something terrible happened to your roommate the night before. That explained her face, carved from stone, unable to sleep, up all night, in the living room. When you scrolled through the news I was certain you were about to spot a crime that occurred on campus last night and my heart plummeted into my gut. I’m glad it was nothing quite so sinister. Just good writing and your narrative quickly hooked me and I read your blog post on the edge of my seat. I agree with the other comments on the the first day after. Enjoyed reading this and love your writing style and voice. I’m glad you stopped by my blog during the A to Z challenge. Hope you stop by again.

    Melissa Sugar
    http://melissasugarwrites.com

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