- MANNY AND OAT
“At the start we were really bummed out. My family lives across the ocean, so it’s really a bummer that I can’t go see them anymore. I didn’t want the public transport to close, because I enjoyed being on the train. I didn’t want to be an asshole and hoard, but you got to do what you got to do. As I got two bags of beans and rice I whispered under my breath that we are not going to leave the house. We are not doing disservice, surely that’s enough as a confession?
“But then tides started to turn. Perhaps you can tell, I like to exercise and lift weights. I need to get that every day, so I do it in the kitchen. My roommate Oat also stays at home now, but he’s stick-thin so I encouraged him to do it with me. I got to take care of Oat, Oat’s got issues. So he sometimes does it with me, and I think he’s looking better.
“Everyday we water the aloe vera plant and make cereal. Plant and cereal and Netflix.
“Last morning Oat made specialty Vietnamese coffee and invited me to try. I told him that it tasted better than anything I’ve had in a while. He’s glowing. I said why are you so happy. He said that he’s never felt so happy before. Before he’s the OCD patient, he’s the one who can’t stop washing his hands, so he’s the one who’s got a problem. But now that all the suburban moms are washing their tiny, wrinkly hands; and all the big congress men are washing their fat, spongy hands; suddenly he didn’t seem so out of place anymore.
“Oat wanted to watch TV with me and we fell asleep on the couch, on each other. I’ve only liked girls before so this is odd to me. I don’t feel right being so physically close to Oat all the time nowadays. But then again, some part of me didn’t seem to mind at all.