Favorite Daughter Declares Blogger “Head Cleaning” Day

26 10 2007

Head-Cleaning Day October 26, 2007
Filed under: College Stuff, Funnies, Random Drivel, Random Moments of Poignancy —

The head in the middle is Favorite Daughter’s, from backstage during Theatre A La Carte’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel” which was a smash success, this past summer. (Very educational!)


But that’s MY power of story. Here’s a free ticket for a few scenes from hers:

. . . I proudly introduce Head-Cleaning Day, a day for airing all my half-formed thoughts (which are coincidentally the only thoughts I seem to have these days, having used up all of my intelligence on Andrew Jackson, Socio-Economics, Greek Philosophers, and the Elements of Non-Verbal Communication).

Do you remember J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan?

“It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it quite interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers.”

Such is head-cleaning day.. .

From there, she waxes rhapsodic on themes as diverse as Mormons, Jane Austen, the Stupefaction of Spirit Day at her college, Down the Rabbit Hole, and the perennial puzzle: “Are We Gods or Sacrifices?” Plus there’s art — campus photos from her cell phone — for you few (you know who you are!) who tend to get bogged down in too many words. 🙂



3 responses

26 10 2007

OK, if you are ‘vertically gifted’ what is the opposite of that? That would be me. Vertically disabled? Vertically challenged? Vertically non-existent?

JJ, you must be very proud of your daughter. She is very talented. 🙂

Will my kids get there too? My middle son, age 8, has a real gift for words. He is quick witted and silly. I think (hope) he will turn out like her.

27 10 2007

Hi NotJC — there’s no compliment I’d rather hear than something so generous about the kids, thank you!
Yes, quick-witted and silly is an *excellent* predictor of all sorts of amazing talents. And you know “sense of humor” is one of the gifted checklist characteristics. . .

Sorry to say though, the ship has probably sailed on your physical development except let’s see — what if we just redefine my distance from the ground as “vertical extremism” or vertically excessive, and yours as, hmmm, vertical centrism or harmony maybe? Vertical verisimilitude? (Your height is surely more “truthlike” and believable than mine, which has been known to make people do a doubletake. Plus I like alliteration.)

27 10 2007
Not June Cleaver

He fits many of the things on the checklists including being highly sensitive (overly sensitive!!) and having an extreme sense of justice (injustice). I often worry about him being happy in the world.

And perhaps *I* am the one who is vertically gifted. It is all a matter of perspective.

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