Dr. Spudis is Emeritus Clinical Professor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Address correspondence to Ed Spudis, MD, 1215 Yorkshire Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We awaken in our huge bed with my right arm over my right ear, face down, legs crossed, and her position is identical. She can always find my glasses, and I can point to the dish she’ll order on an eight-page menu. We both know which loud guest from Clemson will be off the next party list.
A fresh mate or two each spring, like chimps or bonobos? New spouses are unfocused, allowing oboe practice, all-male fishing trips, and lengthy ruminations after the reading of morning editorials.
Yesterday, she coyly asked for my Unified Field Theory, and I told her it may yet reveal itself. “So, this is one of those days? Besides, who else could stand 40 with you?” She whispered, “It’s 41.”
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