Friday, November 14, 2008
This is a follow-up to my previous post.
It is the anniversary of just about three weeks of Rosie painting two rooms. She is going to ‘finish it off’ today: correct all the wavering lines, fill in the missed spots, overpaint the occasional splashes of unwanted colour.
“This is just too complicated”, she barges into my office after a couple of hours, paintbrush dripping, her lips quivering.
“Yes, I think it is,” I agree, “Why don’t you stop?”
I survey the scene of streaky hell, red splashes on the white ceiling, inadequate butterscotch colour on the upper walls, hit or miss signal red on the lower walls, outreaching randomly, longingly, at the yellow in occasional areas. Haphazard spots of all colours on the polished wooden floor, door jambs a wild palette of all the colours. One door completely missed, displaying layers of past paint jobs, a whole history of the house encapsulated on its shabby panels.
I want to cry. I want to throw things. I want my mother. I want some grown-up to come and take care of both of us for I can tell she’s close to tears too.
It’s a small village. Her older sister chooses this very moment to barge right in on top of us, her toothless smile beaming ahead of her.
“I’m here to see the decorating!” she announces brightly.
“I’m not ready!” I say, “Now is not a good time!”
“Oh, don’t be silly!” she says, “Anytime is a good time!”
And you can guess what happens next. My full wrath gets turned on the visitor.
“It’s my house,” I say with a really nasty edge to my voice, “ And I’m saying to you, right now, that this is not a good time. Please leave!”
“Oh, be like that,” she says, “Someone definitely got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning!”