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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Watch

The Watch

A Timex
A brown Timex Expedition
With the faux leather strap

It is old, perhaps ten years
Perhaps more
It is in the pictures when my last child is born

It is very old
The brown strap is gone, long ago
The replacement strap has broken, finally
The next band will not stay in place
The face is scratched
I cannot tell seven from one
It still works, wakes me up every morning at 5

It is time for a new watch

The Mall

The Kiosk
My wife has decided
It is time for a new watch
She will treat me
There are four sides to the Kiosk
Scores of watches in displays
Revolving displays for the cheaper brands

I browse
I walk in circles
I revolve about the Kiosk
I cannot decide

DECIDE!
I don't have all day!

I orbit the kiosk

What about this one?
No, I can't have a face watch
My life is ruled by appointments
15 minute appointments
All day

I need PRECISION!
I need to SEE the numbers!

So you want digital
There are many choices

DECIDE!

I am orbiting faster now

It will not be found in the display cases
Those are too expensive
Why pay for $200 watch that doesn't have any numbers?
I am not ornate
I don't want a piece of jewelry

THE MALL WILL CLOSE SOON!

Look at the little revolving displays
You can choose
Cascio or Timex?

There are numbers
Many features

I don't need these features!
I don't go diving!
This watch will never see 20 fathoms!

Although I do the dishes...

THEY ARE ALL WATERPROOF!

I don't need seven stopwatch settings
I don't need four time-zones

What about this one? It looks nice
Where is the date?
Here, 21, don't you see it
Yes, but what month?

Do you mean to tell me that you graduated medical school but you don't know what month it is??

Don't you understand?
My life is ruled by appointments
I look at my watch all day
I write notes and prescriptions all day
I look at my watch and write the date each time
8/21/09
I NEED THE MONTH!

FINE! CHOOSE! DECIDE!

I don't like the Cascios
These Timex watches are too expensive
$70 for a watch?
I don't need 5 different alarms

Wait

What's this?

A Timex
A brown Timex Expedition
With a faux leather strap

Perfect

A shake of the head.

He'll take it.