Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Second Day Reported Again!
Here's another excerpt from Second Day Reported. Thanks for reading!
My friend Melissa and I had a strange, insular friendship. We’d met in the fifth grade, both volunteering to help the teacher at lunch rather than facing the horrors of recess, that time of social burden. Our first discussion was about the nightmare of Hitler and what he had done. He took people’s skin and used it to make lampshades! People thought they were going to take a shower and got gassed! They had to dig their own graves! We knew no Jewish people, people who seemed as exotic as the big city. We couldn’t remember if an anti-semite meant that you liked Jewish people or hated them.
And so each recess we spent cutting out laminated hand-outs and discussing the tragedies of the world, all those distant killing fields. We only had limited first-hand experience with the muted racial tensions of Mineral Wells, the fear and contempt some people had for the black part of town and their social work center, named after Paul Lawrence Dunbar, know as the Dunbar. Although we heard people say nigger, nobody we knew had decorated his house with body parts. Of course, we couldn’t know about Ed Gein yet and his plan to create a suit for himself out of women’s skin, not so far from us after all. A small thing comparatively, but it does give one pause.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"We've survived by believing our life is going to get better." Paul Simon
Drinking television suggestion: Californication (Going to write a post on this one --really good stuff!)
Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Wednesday! I love Cheri's question and want to write a whole post to answer. The short answer is absolutely. I still have the Virgin Mary post to do as well as my review of Isabella Moon which I am loving. I'll be in Texas this weekend for a wedding, but I should get caught up with everything by next week.