In the light of another day, everything seems to be okay… except the man wants to evict my groundhog. He bricked off two exits and plans to block the main entrance to the rodent’s habitat when he sees Marty out playing in the yard.
He (or she) lives under the addition a previous owner built to expanded the kitchen out a few feet to make space for a table, so there is no basement under that part of the house. I imagine it is a cozy home for a groundhog, out of the wind and perhaps even somewhat heated as the water pipe running from the laundry room in the basement across that crawl space to the faucet on the outside of the house back there did not freeze at all last year. I worry about Marty finding a new home.
Ummm, I said. I kind of think like, maybe we should make the groundhog its own little house, kind of like a dog house. Do you think it would move into something like that?
The look on his face was priceless. I could tell that he thought I’d done lost my ever-loving flipping mind. It took a full minute before he could say, “What?” Then he didn’t wait for an answer. He just walked away waving his arms and shaking his head while mumbling something about crazy.
Marty is the groundhog I wrote about in Early Spring. He might not want to venture out on February 2nd to predict the weather, but I can tell you this… he’s a hell of a lot fatter than he was last Fall and his coat looks a lot thicker, so it would not surprise me if we are in for a harsh winter. Let’s hope he hibernates before the vet catches him out in the yard and blocks the entrance to his home.
NEXT DAY: He came home fucked up on that shit last night.
Damn. Just when I was hoping that I was imagining shit, that he can’t be doing this… life felt back to normal when he was out weed whacking and plotting how to evict the groundhog. There was the man I know and love… that stranger his daughter dropped off on my doorstep last night, the man fumbling around and saying “What?” as if daring me to state the obvious, had yet to come down from his last hit.
I’m losing the man I love to this horrid drug and there is nothing I can do to stop it.