This morning, I was watching what appeared to be a British reality show on PBS. It was called Manor House, and was about these people who move into one and then all play the roles of different members of a household from late-19th-century England. I was getting pretty into it, but then there was some sort of explosion from my dad about conspiracies, Scientologists, Satanists, John Travolta, Clint Eastwood, etc.
I escaped to Milo’s room and just talked to him about random things for about two hours, after which time I had to leave this situation and go to work.
I should mention the Coca-Cola bear.
About a year ago, when Milo was first moving out of Nicole’s house, I was there one day, and somehow spotted a tiny shiny spot in the carpet. I picked it up and discovered a little Coca-Cola bear charm. Nobody seemed to recognize it, and I decided that if we couldn’t figure out whose it was, I wanted to make a necklace out of it.
Later we realized it was Milo’s (which made me want it even more), so I gave it to him.
And then a bit later, when he was moving out, and I was helping him pack, I found the bear sitting on the dresser, and slipped it into this big plastic carton.
I thought he had emptied the contents of this carton (and thus lost the bear again) a long time ago, but I still really wanted this little bear, for some reason.
So this morning, I finally mentioned the bear. I didn’t want to seem obsessive, so I didn’t say, “I know it’s in such-and-such container”…I just said, “If you find it, I want it,” and he said, “It’s probably long gone by now.”
I got home from work today and went out to his room, and he was emptying that plastic container, which has been under his bed all this time. I immediately said, “OH! That’s where the bear is! Did you find it!? I want it!”
He said, “What bear?”
I said, “The Coca-Cola bear!”
He said, “Oh…no, I haven’t seen it, but you’re welcome to look…good luck,” and just kinda laughed.
I went digging. And I found it. I held it up over my head and heard the Hallelujah chorus.
And then he gave me a boxing kangaroo pen, too. Too cool.