Ode to the Blue Pillow

January 5, 2013 9:40pm, on the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas

This blog is meant to be a memoir to my blue pillow. The one I accidentally left behind in my haste to leave my hotel room in Ft. Lauderdale. The one that had traveled with me all over the country and to several foreign countries. The one that is, no doubt as we speak, in a trash heap in a dumpster outside my hotel. I am sad.

I loved that pillow. I had slept with it for several years. It has heard me laugh, cry, curse, and scream. It had been with me all through the hell of law school. It had been there when my son graduated from high school and my step-daughter from elementary. It had traveled on the 13 hospital visits planning our new hospital wing, or at least several of them. It had been to both Disneyworld and Disneyland. And now, it is gone. Never to be seen again. I am sad.

I was in a rush this morning because someone who will go unnamed had once again forgotten to set his phone clock to the correct travel time,resulting in us almost missing our shuttle to the port. I was in a rush, and when we looked around to see if we were leaving anything behind, I didn’t notice the little fluff of blue sticking out from underneath the blankets, calling out to me in a little voice, saying, “Please don’t leave me here!”  I feel bad now, because I feel as if I have abandoned a friend.

I went to the gift shop on the ship and bought a new pillow, the same color and nearly the same style, but it won’t be the same.  It is not my old, faithful friend, my blue pillow, that I left at the hotel.

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