As Good As Lasagna Gets

The following reflection was written in 2003, when I was between 25 and 26 years old.


I woke up on the floor of Kerry’s basement sore and tired. I didn’t want Kerry’s Mom to feel bad though, so I crept up the stairs carefully, made my way to the bathroom and splashed my face with water until the dark circles under my eyes started to fade. Kerry’s family had been very kind to let us stay there the night and I didn’t want to let on that I hadn’t slept a wink. I knew Kerry’s Mom was the type of person who would take it the wrong way.

Jason, on the other hand, didn’t care about offending anyone. He was up and bitching about how poorly he slept a few minutes later and I was seething. I couldn’t believe he was acting the way he was. As I later learned, Kerry’s Mom was so upset that she went out and bought mattresses for Jason and I to sleep on for a final night in New York.

After a delicious breakfast of bagels (which I’d never had before in my life) the lot of us (Jason, Prok, Rachael, Amanda, Kerry, and I) decided to go see a movie at the local theater. We finally decided on As Good As It Gets, even though I’d already seen it, and for the two hours in the theater Amanda and Jason’s fighting subsided and we all had a relatively good time.

Later on, back at Kerry’s house, Jason and Amanda were wrestling or something in the living room when Amanda kicked Jason in stomach to get off of her and he squealed loudly. Their bullshit was trying everyone’s patience, but we made it through the rest of the afternoon. I think Kerry loved having us all there, but was going to be very happy when we all left the next day.

Kerry’s Mom cooked us lasagna that night. She might have gone out and bought it or she might have cooked it. I can’t remember. Regardless, I hadn’t had lasagna in years and I thought I remembered hating it. This lasagna though, was brilliant. It was so good I can still taste it years later.

After some more socializing, Prok, Jason, and I went downstairs and Kerry, Rachael, and Amanda went upstairs. Then it was off to sleep.