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- Mental health issues
- The night before I marry you, I start to have a panic attack. Are you filled with dread too? Does the word forever sound like the end of time?
- I want a bath to calm my nerves, but someone’s already showering in the hotel bathroom. Steam billows out of the open door. A groundhog named Raúl stands in the tub with his eyes closed. Hot water sprays on his face from high up. He slowly massages a cloth around his neck in circles. He looks at peace. In the height of my mania, I think about shouting, “More like shower hog!” but it feels wrong to startle the groundhog. And for what, a story, a cheap laugh? I close the bathroom door so the groundhog can remain in his pleasure.
- Let the groundhog dream his dream. Let water be water. Shut your eyes.