The only thing that made me excited about returning to Chicago after a whirlwind vacation in LA and Kaui was finally seeing my boyfriend again. Because of his crazy work schedule(he was working 3 jobs and just quit 1) our date night was Sunday. I expected him to wear sweats, but he met me at the Irving Park train station looking nice in a button-down. I had made an effort too, wearing my new silky black tank top and high waisted skinny jeans from Madewell.
On our walk to Smoque bbq, he asked what I shared in the Sunday church meeting. I told him and later asked what he enjoyed from Moody.
I want to capture that moment of sitting outside eating our meat, laughing at the cute little black kid at the opposite table. He said his mom also had to tell him to pipe down and behave.
The sight of him carrying my bookcase as easily as he did his umbrella also stands out. It took two guys to remove it from the church meeting hall for me and into my housemate’s van. My boyfriend easily moved it into my place with little help from me. Glad I have a professional mover on my hands for when I move into my new apt next week.
Our new spot is a certain bench overlooking a baseball diamond. There’s always some live sports to watch. Last night it was ultimate frisbee. I forgot how hilarious he is. Before he met my Korean mom, he said the black security guys at work were joking, she would say, “You ah black bum, you lazy. You smoka weed all day.” This little old Asian lady on the Southside whose son was a bum, used to say that about him and his friends. He could also imitate my sister, how she says, “Yeah.” I guess Phoebe was too quiet for him to imitate.
Two things he said linger from a night that went by too quickly. He noticed I hadn’t shaved my underarms. When I tried to explain that I don’t always, like in the winter, he looked disturbed. No, no if I was in an intimate relationship where someone was going to see them I always would, I reassured him. Later in my room, he said he wanted my Korean mom’s approval. Earlier I tried to explain with the example of how my mom did not even like a Korean guy that her approval might be unobtainable.