We were on the couch watching tv, I think it was some kind of entertainment awards show.
I wasn’t paying too much attention, I think I was drawing. Until somebody said something that sounded, or felt, like putting out a cigarette on the skin of a baby.
One of the men, I think it was one of the actors — wealthy, famous, older, with a golden permanent tan, a bit weathered — typical – was asked a question about his life challenges or something. He joked,
“Try keeping a marriage together when 22 is still on the table.”
I looked up and saw his bright white grin flash as the audience laughed. My lover snickered too. It’s so easy to turn a deaf ear to statements like these on the market value of women.
Months later, I’ve forgotten the program and the people on it. But their laughter sticks with me, and my lover’s chuckle, and that man’s totally oblivious, carefree smile.