Three little exchanges from my life this past month.
1. At dinner with Nina and Dan:
Me: "I had a really rough week earlier this summer, when everything went wrong in a single week. I was really upset one night during the thick of it, and Dan stayed up until 2:00am talking to me on the phone. I will never forget that, for as long as I live. I mean, he usually goes to sleep at 1:45am, but he stayed up that extra fifteen minutes to console me."
Dan: "Which phone conversation was this again?"
2. Exiting my car with my brother, outside his apartment.
Me: [picking up package of instant noodles from my backseat] "Do you want this yakisoba?
Tom: "It's been in your car for five months, but sure. It's time to give the yakisoba a home."
Me: "By home, do you mean your apartment, or your stomach?"
Tom: "First one, and then the other."
Me: [laughing very hard] "And then the one again."
3. Driving in my car with my brother. I hit the brakes in my car, and an object rolled from the backseat under the driver's seat. I picked it up. It was an extremely withered apple, deep wrinkles lining the surface.
I handed it to Tom. "Want an apple?"
He cupped it in his palm. "This is Apple before Steve Jobs."