Wednesday, February 17, 2010

If I were Amelia Earhart a few years later

Well I'm not, and yet I have to be. I do wonder why I set myself this particular goal. But that's what blogs are for I guess, musing on the absurdities. Amelia sets down in her sister's living room tomorrow, well if not tomorrow Friday. First Muriel gets to say her piece. And by god, she does have a lot to say. I like Muriel, and have a feeling I would have liked her if I'd met her. However my character is of course imagined, still she's a crusty lady of eighty or so. She's got her opinions and sticks to them. And she's got a fine sense of humor. She's also got this sister who won't let go. Or maybe Muriel won't let go of Amelia.

Then Amelia finds herself back, back in the living room in Medford, the place she wanted to escape from so long ago. The horror! And the pleasure of course because before this, she was pretty close to having had it. Is it a dream? Is it reality. Whatever it is, it's familiar, imagine getting to fly round the world or almost and ending up in Medford forty plus years on. Trapped in a living room of a house you basically paid for but never really wanted to visit, and certainly had no intention of inhabiting. Well there we go, off to channel Amelia. . . and her astonishment, and her chagrin.

7 comments:

  1. What's a dream and what's reality- who knows? I'm glad Muriel gets to speak her mind fully. I wonder what I would say to significant people in my life if I spoke fully and truthfully? I guess this is a question that doesn't even cross my mind too much, now that I think of it. Amelia back home after voyaging so far...brings to mind that line from T.S. Eliot. "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." As you channel Amelia, you channel unborn aspects of roseduncan as well...I hope you're having a fruitful voyage.

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  2. I would say it's a tiring voyage, but I hope it's fruitful. Thanks.

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  3. I don't understand the sentence, "And the pleasure of course because before this, she was pretty close to having had it." Having had what?

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  4. Having had it with life. I'm channeling Muriel at eighty. She's just lost her husband and her son.

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  5. A crusty lady of eighty would be full of interesting stories, I imagine. Think of all the technological changes in the last eighty years alone! Best of luck on your journey!

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  6. Thanks Stacy, and thanks all for commenting. Tomorrow Amelia wakes up in the house she paid good money for, not her own, her sister's.

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