Friday, August 04, 2006

Taking Notice

This morning I decided to listen to my saved voice mail messages and see if I could clear some out. One message from MKAEP, one from Alita and three from...someone else.

MKAEP's message was from my birthday about 18 months ago. It was all trademark effervesence and cascade of words and three different subjects all wrapped around each other so tight you couldn't pull them apart with a scalpel and a genie. She finishes off by saying, "I love you more than my luggage!"

Alita's message was also from my birthday, possibly the same year. It was the first of my birthdays where she could both speak in sentences and take direction. With relatively little prompting she wishes me a happy birthday and then says, "I love you."

One of the others is inquiring after my safety in the big regional blackout a couple of years ago. Another is apologizing for a miscommunication. The third is an apology of sorts (if you don't think about it too hard) for general fuckwitishness. I realized today for the first time that in not one of them does the phrase "I love you" appear.

How is it that I never noticed that before?


  1. I'm sorry.

    "Sometimes people can't be who we want them to be." Or was it need? Whatever.

  2. I'm thinking you never noticed it before because either a) it didn't seem all that important to you or b) you assumed it was implied when, perhaps, it really wasn't. Either way, it sucks, and I'm sorry, too.

  3. It was the implied thing, I'm sure.