In Displaced Person, the lead character, a teenage boy, gradually slips into a shadow world. He can't connect with the people in his day-to-day life, is separated from them by something slippery and invisible he calls the interface. He has to discover a whole new way of being in the world, scrounging for food that occasionally slips through the interface and shacking up with a couple of other equally lost souls.
I find I'm moving into a parallel world. In my new world, when someone says 'labour', I don't assume we are about to have a discussion about the forthcoming federal election. We talk about vaginae and pelvises (pelves?) and bodily discharges with alarming nonchalance. When I walk around the city, I think I'm becoming kind of invisible - fellow commuters' eyes kind of slide off me politely.
Thursday mornings I have aquarobics for preggers women. I love it, but I reckon it must look pretty funny, all of us with our protruding bellies swirling around. While we float around on pool-noodles the instructor leads conversations about birth-related matters - today's topic was the second stage of labour. Different positions for labour, not to worry if you poo during labour, and other hitherto undiscussed topics. When I got home there was a message on the answering machine from a company for whom I've been doing some organisational change consulting. I can't tell you how much I have stopped caring about organisational change. They'd made some changes to my recommendations and wanted a meeting with me to ensure I still felt 'ownership' of my report. Very nice of them, but really I wanted to say, 'You can make the report into paper boats for all I care.'
I'm turning into a housewife. Not a terribly houseproud one, I must say - I can't be bothered with all that mucking about with toilet brushes and vacuum cleaners - but I'm pretty good on the cooking and gardening. I've started a vegie garden and a weekly menu roster. This week's menu looks like this:
- Pea and pancetta risotto
- Chicken pie
- Red lentil and tomato soup with baguettes
- Vegie pilaf with chicken and spring vegie salad
- Mini beef and pine nut meatloaves
- Tofu & vegie stirfry with brown rice
- Parmesan crusted snapper with salad