I spent the evening eating with momtastic, 1_dumb_mick, and gamtastic. After momtastic and 1_dumb_mick went to bed, I stayed up talking to gamtastic 'til nearly midnight. Gamtastic is the only grandparent I have left, and we have a ton in common. We're the only ones in the family who eat cream cheese and olive sandwiches, a distinction gamtastic shared with her mother ... nanatastic? Sure, nanatastic.
In real life, in the real world, gamtastic wouldn't have a lot of twenty-something lesbians as friends. We come from different eras, but we have a lot of common ground. As I stood up to leave this evening, she gave me a hug, told me she enjoyed my company, and pointed out that we never run out of things to talk about. This is all very true and mutual.
Gamtastic and I talked about politics. We pretty much agree. We talked about patriotic music, which resonates with both of us. We talked about our families. We talked about momtastic. We talked about 1_dumb_mick. We talked about Vietnam and WWII. She and her sisters and even nanatastic worked in victory plants. It was a different world then in so many ways. There aren't a lot of people left to talk about it now. I like talking to gamtastic.
My FauxFlex will stand in my living room for years to come. It's a machine, and it'll pretty much always be there. As I mentioned earlier, I'm down to one grandparent. She's the only one I've got left, and she won't indefinitely be around. I don't mean that in any kind of morbid way; it's just the way things go.
I cherish my time with gamtastic, and I'm grateful that she and I have so many topics for conversation. I very much enjoy her company, and I learn things from her that no one else could teach me. I may not have worked out tonight, but my evening was not wasted. I can exercise tomorrow. Tonight, I sat and talked to gamtastic. :)