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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 27 | volume V | July-August, 2002



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Blesok no. 27July-August, 2002
Prose

Not a Day without Order

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Dimitar Solev

(A usual day of a usual pensioner. It does not concern others. What is known in itself is boring, what is unknown to us is still outside the circle of our interest. So, though written, this story does not have to be read.)

     You wake up early, out of habit, that is, not early but just on time. When the other workers do. You don’t wonder whether you got that habit from boarding school, the army or the office. The main thing is, whenever you go to bed, whether you slept enough or not, sometimes even after sleeping too much, you wake up at the same time, as if with an alarm clock. But now, as a pensioner, it bothers the others that go to work. Maybe they don’t mind you, but you are under foot – in the bathroom, kitchen, and hallway. The younger employed ones at home don’t understand why you have to occupy space in the bathroom the same time they do, using up the hot water for the shower, blocking the shaving mirror, or lining up your coffee pot first. Where’s that old fart hurrying off to, where’s he going to earn his bread, when nobody’s asking him to sign in at the start of the day?
     But the inertia of habit is sometimes even stronger than the will to live. Every pensioner is aware of it in a way, and therefore, maybe, the weaker your will to live is, the more persistent you are in keeping to the habits of staying alive. Pensioner-intellectual, or at least the literate pensioner has an even greater motive to be like that, because it is perfectly clear to him that now is the time to place a crown on his life’s achievement, that is, to finish it off in a becoming and dignified way.
     So, when the young go to work, it’s your turn. As grandma holds the grandsons and granddaughters on their special potties, you carry yesterday’s garbage to the closest container and say good morning to the neighbors who are up. Then you take a grandchild in each hand and take them to the kindergarten, on the way telling them the names of the neighborhood dogs, and explaining to them the difference between a sparrow and a blackbird. The children pass the spectrum test based more on the color of cats than on the color






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