Maryse: And you? Ever thought of visiting the United States someday?
Mom: (answering in my stead) Well, going there is actually one of his dearest dreams.
Maryse: Ah well, he hasn't been there yet. Obviously it isn't that important to him.
Mom: (getting irritated) Oh yeah, easy for you to say when a mere visit there would cost him the equivalent of two full years of wages, and that's just the plane ticket!
Maryse: (shrugs) Heh, doesn't matter. If he wanted to go, he'd have done it by now.
To my credit, I kept a straight face through the whole thing, though I didn't stay much longer in the living room after that. Her words had pretty much been the only stimulus for last week's bad news to finally sink in.
I retreated into my room by that time, while the discussion evolved into a full-scale argument about Maryse being French (hence, very free of movement) vs. the rest of us being stuck with a Malagasy citizenship and thus pretty much meaning we're blocked here.
I decided to check my messages at that time. Which led me to reading this article. Bad idea. Bad, baaaad idea. My morale definitely took a turn for the worse after reading these stories. I pretty much became too nervous to go to sleep. Hence, I slept at 2am instead of my usual before-midnight.
Thankfully, talking with worksinreallife the next morning made things better, as it always does. Getting me to talk about my writing rather than my worries was definitely a smart move, and man was I grinning during those three hours and a half. My only regret is that the connection cut off just as I was typing a last "I love you." I've said it many times before and will probably keep saying it, but damn, I hate it when it does that.
Just after being forcibly signed off by time constraints, I hastily put shoes and warm clothes to go wish Aunt Maryse goodbye before she left. A few minutes of treading through chilly wind later, I got told that I missed her by mere minutes. Well, too bad, I guess.
Back to work now, and hoping nothing else will wreck the good mood worksinreallife took so much effort to instill in me. ;)