“change of plans” by Sasha on her balcony

Wednesday July 5, 2017
5 minutes
From an email

“There’s been a change of plans,” says Marie. I take a deep breath, in through my nose and out through my mouth, just like Janice taught me. “Why are you sighing?” Marie whines.

I’m driving on the 401 and I have Marie on speakerphone. “I’m already halfway there,” I say.

“We are meeting the Richards in Kingston,” Marie sounds irritated. I don’t know why. I’m the one who should be irritated. I’m the one who is on course two of the Calming Body Calming Mind tapes. I’m the one who is taking meditation classes at the YWCA.

“Val?” Marie barks.

“I’m here, I’m here.” I say.

“I tried to call earlier, but your phone was off.”

“You could always leave a message. I do check my voicemail.” I pull over onto the shoulder, and pop my seat back so I’m completely horizontal.