My niece Elise stayed with us for most of this past week. Today, we had to take her to the train station. After dropping her off, we decided to go to Ludwigsburg to drop off a bunch of beer bottles that have been empty since December. Though we had a nice breakfast this morning, we were out and about at around lunchtime. By the time we got to Heinrich’s Drink Market 3000, I was starting to feel moderately peckish. I knew my blood sugar was starting to dip when I was barely interested in perusing the international beers.
I happened to mention to Bill that I needed to eat something. He agreed, so we headed toward our usual haunts in Ludwigsburg’s main square. Bill usually knows when I’m getting hungry. I start getting flushed and irritable. Then I get pale, shaky, and have a resting bitch face. Finally, I get snappish and start looking confused, nervous, and even frightened. If I let it go too long, I start to feel very emotional.
Bill wanted to shop around for a place we’d never been before, but I was feeling more and more bitchy until I was in full on hangry mode. After rejecting one place that looked like it had good food but was very crowded, we finally ended up at an Italian restaurant where we’ve dined before. It was kind of busy in there and a charming waiter showed us to a table very close to two ladies who were finishing up. I sat down, buried my face in my hands, and tried not to be too noticeably pissy.
I must have looked seriously irritated, especially since the waiter didn’t give us menus when he seated us. I just wanted something to get my blood sugar up and was immediately frustrated by how busy the restaurant was. After a few minutes of us watching him bustle around, tending to a large party of friendly looking Germans, he finally gave us menus.
I quickly decided on a pepper and potato soup, a glass of Montepulciano, San Pellegrino, and basil risotto. The guy came over to take our order and as soon as I opened my mouth to order the wine and got out two syllables of a six syllable word, he said, “English!” Before I could say anything else, he dashed away to get us English menus that we didn’t need.
“No! No, that’s not necessary!” I said as he scurried off, further pissing me off, causing more frustration, and making me even more hangry. I actually felt like crying as he walked away without our order. He came back a few minutes later and we finally ordered lunch.
While we were waiting for lunch, I went to the ladies room, where I was confounded by the toilets. In my anxiety-ridden, nervous, flustered, hangry state, I forgot how to tell when one was occupied. Some very tall lady who was in there with me said in German that the middle stall was free, but that was all I understood in my haste to pee.
I didn’t need to go that badly, actually… just thought it was a good idea… until I realized there was no toilet paper. So there I sat, dripping dry. I stood up and realized that besides being hungry, I was also very dehydrated. Then when I went to use the sink, I couldn’t get the water to turn off. It was one of those automatic jobs that make me miss plain old faucets that are easy to figure out when I’m hungry and angsty.
Fortunately, when I got back to the table, the wine, water, and my soup were there. Bill watched intently as I tried the soup, which was a little bland, but otherwise had just what I needed. He smiled as the color returned to my cheeks and I very soon stopped looking so tense and upset.
“It never fails.” he said, amused as I perked up. “It’s like that Snickers commercial was written for you. It doesn’t take much… just a little bit and you’re back to normal again.”
I turn into a monster when I’m really hangry.
I finished the soup and felt so much better once I was fortified. As a younger waiter carried the bowl away, I noticed him flash a thumbs up and a smile to the older guy who had seated us. I kind of wondered if he thought I was a raving bitch or just realized how badly I needed some food.
The second course of risotto for me and ravioli for Bill was equally tasty. After lunch, we had a round of espresso, and I left the restaurant smiling and feeling a whole lot better. We detoured through the mall and stopped at the drug store to get some dental floss, which was in and of itself an adventure.
We parked in a different parking garage this trip to Ludwigsburg and, to get to it, we had to pass through a little park that was once the site of a synagogue. It was destroyed on Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938. The outline of the building is marked and there’s a commemorative stone tablet there explaining what happened. People have left flowers and pebbles and in the center of the outline, there are suitcases bearing the names and lifespans of Jews who died in the Holocaust. I think it’s a very poignant memorial. For more reading about this synagogue, click here.
We’re home again and I’m enjoying wine, comforting music, and watching the melting snow.