‘There seems to be a shortage of clotheslines in this country,’ I said. For a moment there was no response from the three others in the car. ‘What now?’ Lachlan said. ‘I say, there seems to be a shortage of clotheslines in this country,’ I said. ‘Explain,’ he said. ‘I’m observing peoples homes as we’re driving,’ I said. ‘Now my observations are not scientific, but I’m noticing a trend.’ ‘About the clotheslines?’ Nik said. ‘Yes, about the clotheslines,’ I said. ‘You see, about
‘I don’t know how to explain it without it sounding silly,’ she said. ‘Do you think it’s silly?’ I asked. ‘No!’ she said. ‘I think it’s wonderful.’ ‘So, why should it sound silly?’ I asked. ‘I just don’t feel like things are any different than they were before,’ she said. ‘Do you think things should be different?’ I asked. ‘People expect things to be different so I feel silly to mention it since they aren’t any different,’ she said. ‘Do you not want to tell people?’ I asked.
‘How often will she come back?’ ‘She’ll be back for a week or so at the end of February and then about every five weeks after that,’ I said. ‘That’s not so long, I guess,’ he said. ‘Sometimes it seems very long time,’ I said. He looked at me and I think he understood both my meanings. ‘Anyway, it already feels very long,’ I said. Then my phone made a sound like a telegraph. ‘We’re going to spend a ton of money on text messaging,’ I said. I retrieved my phone and read the mess