Matilda,

I’m afraid I may have taken your first piece of advice. I’m rather worried about it.

Harry,

You’ve done something without thinking? Congrats!

Matilda,

I found a quote today you’ll like:

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”

—Simone de Beauvoir

Did you know that de Beauvoir and Sartre were a couple of questionable morals? Apparently she would seduce her female students and then bring them back to him, in a move they called the “trio.”

Harry,

I'm inspired. This seems appropriate now:

Things I shouldnt say out loud:

Once at camp an older counselor took a shine to me. I was always very proud of that. He called me graceful. He taught basketball and photography. He was 30 and I was 15. I had ill-conceived hair and braces.

We held hands once. MAGIC.  His hands were huge.

Matilda,

That is super sketchy of that counselor. Funny you didn’t mention it at the time, you were generally such a braggart about your conquests.

 Harry,

You tell me about the trio and then you act like such a prude!

Matilda,

I can’t help it, I’m a contradiction.

Harry,

I’m really sad about the dog. I feel like I should commemorate him in some way.

Matilda,

 Me too.

Harry,

 I guess he had to go. He was a pivotal character in the screenplay, and it made for an exciting but heart-wrenching climax. That’s how I’m going to think of it.

 Matilda,

Do you keep any anxiety medication at mom’s?

Harry!

Are you turning into me? Try the Maple tree in the forest behind the hot tub. It has a big knot with a hole in it. It’s like the honey pot from the Berenstain Bears. I’ll draw you a map.

Harry, do I need to worry?