Me: Everybody’s dying.
We were walking Sabina, and talking about Jefferson Airplane. They were always way too psychedelic for Mauro. But I love that shit.
Me: Let’s watch the documentary about The Eagles when we get back.
Mauro: Great band.
Me: Would you rather see The Eagles 30 years ago or David Bowie 30 years ago?
Mauro: David Bowie for sure.
Me: Would you rather see David Bowie 30 years ago or Led Zeppelin 30 years ago?
Mauro: Led Zeppelin.
Me: Would you rather see Led Zeppelin 30 years ago or have one day back with Shamus?
I knew what he’d say. It’s been over two years since we had to put Shamus McDog to sleep. I wear his silver bone-shaped tag around my neck. People always ask me if it’s in case I get lost. And Mauro wears his city registration tag. Because of our dogs, I used to refer to the four of us as a “square,” which is something I made up once when I was in the emergency room under the hazy influence of dilaudid. And it stuck. I like to do the “finger square” move when I say it.
Mauro: I’d have one day back with Shamus.
Me: Would you rather play drums for a three hour concert with Led Zeppelin or have one day back with Shamus?
I thought I knew what he’d say…
Mauro: I’d rather have one day back with Shamus.
But I was wrong. Sometimes I forget how amazing my husband is.