Net Worth I was talking to my wife a while back, long before I became her former husband, and I remember vividly, it seems like only yesterday but was actually about a third of the span of my life so far, or more precisely five-thirteenths which is even more than a third if you think about it. Anyway, we were in the kitchen, and I don’t remember what I added in, how I put it all together, but I simply had to tell her the news, so I went to meet her in the kitchen, which you had to pass through to get from the rest of the house to the TV room that the previous owners, without the proper permits, had added on to the back of the house and which was big, the TV room not the house, and doubled as a dining room and tripled, already I suppose, as a nursery, so we frequently ran into each other there, the kitchen not the TV room. Now something tells me it wasn’t in that kitchen but in the other one where we put in a small TV and often sat around but somehow my memory takes me back to the earlier one where there wasn’t room enough for more than two adult persons let alone a table. Anyway, I went into the kitchen and waited for her, leaning against the sink. I was deep in thought. I didn’t even notice the dishes in the sink although I guess I had to have—funny the things you remember. Anyway, I got thirsty standing around there but I didn’t want to go into the living room to get a drink from the liquor cabinet because I was afraid I’d miss her, and anyway I didn’t drink back then, so I made myself a glass of chocolate milk. At last, she came by and asked me what I was doing standing around there, well I would think it was obvious, but she said it so tunefully I actually forgot for a moment that I had just figured out that we were just shy, this close, to being millionaires and believe it or not that we would become very unhappy for a very long time before becoming friends again.
Fredric Stevens Jacobs is an impecunious adjunct in the English Department at St. John’s University, Queens NY. The author of numerous poems, stories and essays, he has rarely been published, most recently (and not very) by English Journal and Academic Questions, and in fact has no middle name.
A Song for Fredric