My sister used to make "treats" for my mother to eat when she came home from work, things like half oranges decorated with peanut butter smiley faces or slices of bologna covered with fruit loops. She'd present these creations with great joy and my mother would pretend to like them as they came from a good place, the same kind of love that your kitty shows when it leaves you a rat. My mother came declare that my sister had to eat the creations she made. No Rachel Ray, she quickly found out that what looked good didn't always live up to the dream, and she stopped and might just be the only person more phobic about cooking than I am.
We're always doing this, creating things and choosing things for others, things they may love or not love. Writing is no different. John Cheever once said that he wanted an agent that loved his work, praised his sexual prowess, and had a stranglehold on the bank. Now there's an honest statement! We almost always laugh when a child says something honest -- I can remember a friend of mine getting married and her flower girl asking her if she was pregnant. When my friend said no, the little girl said, So you just let yourself get fat? I once saw a sign that said, Children Are Gifts From God and His Way of Laughing. Clearly. That little flower girl will be the one in a writing workshop years from now, saying, I don't think you've earned that ending. But, in the end, who does?
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I've been to prison once, I've been married - twice. I was once drafted by Lyndon Johnson and had to live in shit-ass Mexico for 21/2 years for no reason. I've had my eye socket punched in, a kidney taken out and I got a bone-chip in my ankle that's never gonna heal. I've seen some pretty shitty situations in my life, but nothing has ever sucked more ass than this!" Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa on being Santa
Drinking music suggestion: No Sleep Till Brooklyn Beastie Boys
Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Friday! Thanks for all the sweet wishes for my health! Take good care of yourselves over as the holiday approaches with all its delights!