Good news, dear reader: the legend of the colossal blue bee lives on!
He awaits in the desert in the same, secret spot and each time we cross paths, he hovers before me, daring me to exist in the presence of so much greatness.
I clasp my hands, starry-eyed, until he gets bored of my admiration and flies away.
Speaking of eyes, I woke up the other morning with an eye that looked like I rode in on the apocalypse. It was a shiny, glaring red, and even I recoiled from my reflection in the mirror.
I consulted an optometrist who said it was merely a bruise, and since I had no recollection of sustaining such an injury during waking hours, I'd probably done it to myself while asleep.
None of this is terribly interesting, except for one small observation.
On the first day of the bruise, I kept forgetting I had it, since it wasn't especially painful. Thus, I went about my day as I usually do, smiling and talking to the people I meet.
It wasn't until about the tenth encounter, wherein I watched a grocery clerk's expression turn from one of congeniality to abject horror, that I finally began to realize my face was giving people nightmares.
It's strange how it affects your behavior, when you know people are going to react with aversion to your appearance. I've started to avoid eye contact and the opportunity to exchange pleasantries. Last night at Izzy's orchestra concert a friend of hers called me over to visit and I did that thing where I acted too busy to talk. It probably looked so fake. Today I wore sunglasses into Trader Joe's and felt like a total nerd. Five seconds into a conversation I want to assure people I'm not possessed or bringing back the plague. In idle moments I find myself wondering if I could wear a pirate patch, or if someone has a bunker I could seal myself in for the next few days.
I'm making a bigger deal of this than it really is, but it's been an interesting experience.
As much as I try to see into people and connect with who they really are, I wonder how many times I let some superficial glitch get in the way.