As I lay awake last night in the wee hours, I got thinking about the guys on the Washington Nationals team who just won the World Series. Surely they’d just spent the evening of a lifetime, triumphant, euphoric, wildly toasted and feted, praised and petted, surrounded by friends, fans, and family. Eventually they must have gone to bed. Then, since they were probably pretty keyed up, I imagine they woke up in the middle of the night.
When you awaken in the dark, you are always alone. Even if someone lies next to you, they’re probably asleep. A couple of hours ago you were a hero at the pinnacle of adoration. Now, you are just a plain old human being, alone, awake in the middle of the night. Maybe you’re a little stiff from that slide into home. Maybe your mouth is dried out from yelling and drinking. Maybe you need to get up to pee.
Do you still feel heroic?
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 65: 161 words, TOTAL = 10,702; 49,298 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.