I remember returning from Chicago on the train, celebrating Lerryn’s 4th birthday, May 7, 1973. Roger and I had just decided that we would get back together, though the logistics of how and where we would live were not clear. You and I were through, as of the December before, that had become clear when Anne Marie answered your phone, not to mention the fact that you’d been less than thrilled to see me the last time I had popped in unexpectedly,
I think I’d been back from Chicago no more than a week, maybe less, when you called me. Now this part is less clear, but I recall that you had a theatrical event in mind even back then. Is that possible? I know we went to the Magic Theater to see Sam Shepard’s True West, but was it then (May 1973?). That part is hazy. But what’s not hazy is my feeling that I had been over you, you were a nice memory, and then your voice slipped in again over the telephone. We tend to forget that phone call, since the 1980 one was so momentous, but really, what would have happened to us if you hadn’t phoned back in May 1973? If you’d stayed with Anne Marie a little longer and I had settled in with Roger a little sooner and more solidly by then? What is it that made your phone call so exciting to me (that didn’t always happen, you weren’t the ONLY one to call)? You really did play into some fantasy of mine, and what’s interesting now is to see where our fantasy lives and our real lives came together back then. And again after 1980, and especially after 1982 (December), and on through until today.