I re-checked the carelessly jotted down room number on the sticky note with no small amount of frustration. Was that supposed to be a 5 or a 3 or maybe an 8? Apparently, there was something to the old saying that haste makes waste and I only had myself to blame which made me doubly frustrated. I was going to have to walk down a flight of stairs, through a long hallway and then around the corner to get back to my desk; all the while travelling on the two marshmallows previously known as my feet, in order to get the right room number, unless I could figure it out based on the information available.
Think, I encouraged myself. What would a really clever and mentally clear-headed person do right now?
I was carrying around an extra 30 pounds (dare I admit to the full amount?) between the baby and the protective layers and fluids keeping him suspended in a utopian womb world. Over the past few days, I had started reviewing every potential destination and the required steps as a want or a need. Life was getting pretty challenging in terms of doing normal human things like walking, sleeping and even eating. Unfortunately, the way things looked, a trip back to the office was going to be a necessity as I had some paperwork that needed a signature and randomly popping into rooms didn’t seem like a productive option.
I glanced around for last minute inspiration, desperate not to make a second trip, and realized what I needed was right in front of me. The meal order slips were clipped outside of each door with room numbers and names. A quick peek at the slip closest to me revealed that I found the right room and a trip back to the office was not needed. Hitting the hand sanitizer, I gave a sigh of relief and rubbed my hands together, dispersing the cold foam between my fingers and palms.
Was I perhaps on the verge of returning to the world of the clear-thinkers? A leg kicked at my ribs and an elbow stuck out just above my belly button, reminders that this dream was clearly not to be for some time.
A large trashcan on wheels rolled past me, directed by an old, wizened Indian woman with long black hair, pulled back into a low knot. She wore scrubs and non-slip, black leather shoes. Yellow gold earrings hung from either side of her tiny head. She looked into my face with deep brown and knowing eyes.
“Baby come soon.”
It wasn’t a question, but rather a statement that only unclear in the soothsayer’s definition of time. I felt overjoyed, like seeing a delicate spring flower break through the winter snow, there was hope. I leaned against the wall, allowing her to pass and to rest my weight on something more stable than the before mentioned marshmallows.
“I hope you’re right…”
She rolled her trash can past me and yelled over her shoulder, “It is a blessed thing,” and disappeared around the corner.
But when? When will it happen? I wondered silently, already knowing the answer.