Eva T. Made Vaudeville

Eva T. Made Vaudeville
Location
New York, New York, USA
Birthday
April 25
Title
Reverend Mother (yes, for real!)
Company
God-squad
Bio
Interfaith Minister/Independent Catholic priest.Actress, poet, essayist; fitness freak/geek. Part time ballet teacher. Writer for various LGBTQ publications (from my bisexual perspective.)Extreme Cat Person.Native New Yorker who is madly in love with my city. Currently living in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn and missing Manhattan a lot. Married to my Beloved, the fair Lady Lucia, who works, with me, for the God Squad and for our feline employers, Alice and Gracie.Daughter of some-time OS blogger, Rosy Cheeks.

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MAY 6, 2012 7:25PM

22 Hours and Counting...

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I've washed my hair and cleaned the bathroom. Cleaned the kitchen a bit, too. It still feels too early for dinner, so, here I am, filling time and my computer screen with letters, like little ants marching in a line. This is the last of my EIGHT long nights alone. Lady Lucia and I will be reunited in about 22 1/2 hours. I've been counting since we reached the 100 hour mark. I guess I seem pathetic but this week has really been rough, even though I've done everything possible to "make lemonade from life's lemons" and use the solitude productively (writing, meditating, etc). Still...enough already! I want my Lady Lucia back. Alice and Trixie do, too.

The funeral for Lady L's mother was on Friday. Her Florida cousin (and the cousin's adult children) were there, along with some of her mother's co-workers and customers from the beauty salon where she'd worked as a receptionist. Lady Lucia said the funeral was "good but exhausting," especially because she was the Primary Mourner (as she told me on the 'phone) for the first time in her life. The Primary Mourner, she said, is expected to keep it together and make things run smoothly for everyone else. That's a tiring role to play.

There will be a memorial service on Long Island, for her mother's New York area relatives (of which there are more than the Florida handful) probably some time in early June. I will, of course, be by Lady Lucia's side for that service, as I wished, so much, that I could have been for this week's. (She will make sure it's held on a weekend so that neither I nor anyone else will have to ask for time off from work in order to attend it).

My friend Hippolyta, who is not a member of OS but who reads this blog regularly, said that she was surprised to read (in my last "Wedding and Funeral" post) that I was not out (of the closet) at my current job. She'd assumed that I was. One of my other ministry colleagues also expressed surprise at learning that fact, saying, "I'd just assumed you were out everywhere!" SIGH. I know it stinks that I'm closeted at this job. I hadn't realized, when I first took it, that I would need to be, but that became clear quickly enough. When same-sex marriage first became legal here (last Summer) I heard so many of the residents (as well as some workers) at the Home comment that it was "disgusting!" If I hadn't realized, before, that I'd best keep the nature of my personal life secret, it would have been obvious then. Anyway, never again! And I do hope and pray for another job soon, which will be better not just in terms of money but also the workplace culture.  It's time for this regressive crap to be OVER.

I guess, maybe, it's late enough to start heating up my dinner now. 22 hours...

Blessings and well-wishes, with thanks for your virtual company!

Eva T.

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Yay! I'm so glad Lady Lucia is coming home soon! And I'm proud of you - you got through her time away - not that I thought you wouldn't; you have such a rich inner life, with writing and spirituality, plus two cats to distract you, that I knew you would be all right. Though of course separations are hard. Here's to a safe return for Lady L, and a happy, joyful reunion!
Alysa: Thanks for being such a cheer-leader. I've been working on a second essay to submit to "Pretty Queer," about the events of last week (a somewhat different slant than the blog post). I know you get it about the separations...
By now your Lady Lucia is back and you're all a big happy family again! Another happy ending!
G/d Bless!
By now your Lady Lucia is back and you're all a big happy family again! Another happy ending!
G/d Bless!