The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Saturday, 16 December 1989

Soggy Lettuce

10.10pm

‘Domino Dancing’ – Pet Shop Boys

I still feel a bit empty about Wendy, you know.  But, by crikey!  I’ll tell you this, ‘I’ll tellyou this, boy’, I had a strange night last night…

Today, it rained, and as I walked through King’s Lynn, drenched and listening to an out-of-tune Salvation Army Band, watching the street decorations wilt, I felt sad.  I wasn’t upset or anything, not even depressed.  I just felt a bit… pathetic.  Something about the feeling of knowing Christmas Day is only 9 days away, but this whole morning – this whole moment of ‘life’ – being as limp and wet as a soggy lettuce.

My family is in Yorkshire for the weekend.  I’m at home, alone.  And I feel sad.  It scares me.  I’m beginning to feel that I’m much less of a loner than I used to be and right now I feel the urgent need to be with people.

I’d love to see Wendy, but I know she’s not going to get in touch.

Oh god.

Later:


Today, I received a card in the post from Maggie who says she’ll write soon.


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