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Leggo my scruples

"Leggo my scruples" Continued...

Issue: "Nifty 50 Books," July 1, 2000

"Yes."

"Look, you're busy and I'm busy. How about we circle 'Good' all the way down?"

My accomplice complies unblinkingly, preferring the unconvincing to the unfinished.

Sensing some ineffable personal stake, I make one last stab at salvaging meaning before going under altogether: "How about just attaching a note stating that nutrition is uppermost for me?"

Maybe somewhere in the Kellogg complex somebody is interested in that comment. And somewhere in a laboratory, an underpaid chemist is worrying about the latest New England Journal of Medicine findings on oat bran. But in this room it's all about the survey. More precisely, it's about penciled-in circles and bolting out for lunch.

Ten minutes was the promise and 10 minutes it was. "Thank you. Have a nice day now," she said walking to the door.

"Yeah. Feels like summer today, doesn't it?"

"Yeah, don't forget your bag now."

I picked up my cassettes and my son, and as I rose to leave, I realized that I was capable of anything.

Andrée Seu
Andrée Seu

Andrée is the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again. Follow Andrée on Twitter @Andreespeterson.

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