The word ‘umbrella’ was missing for three hours. If I hadn’t asked the cashier for ‘one of those thingies’ and been asked, ‘What, an umbrella?’ who knows how long it would’ve carried on…
I’ve no idea how long I lost the phrase ‘water bottle’. Didn’t need it until I did. I had to make the gesture of drinking an invisible something.
Disappearing words. You know straight away from the worried look on a face you don’t recognize. They could be anyone. Have any name. And right then the words ‘umbrella’ and ‘water bottle’ come to you worthlessly.