Ok, I've been completely remiss and am well overdue for a SaysMe post. I swear I'll finish my Halloween post some day soon. In the mean time, I received this email from my friend Jen the day after the Presidential election and thought it was worth sharing:
After the past few months of the campaign, I feel a bit like the character in the Christopher Durang play who's clapping and clapping to show he believes in fairies, when Peter Pan suddenly turns to the kids and says, "That wasn't enough. You didn't clap hard enough. Tinkerbell's dead."
I was planning to take refuge from the news by hanging out in Cam's first grade classroom this morning, but all the kids were arguing about the election. At some point, I had to manage the whole class while the teacher took off two students. One had crowed that Bush's "team" got all the popsicles in the world (today was "popsicle day" after school at Marin). The second child replied that Bush was a cheater, and that everyone who voted for Bush would be killed. Yup, these are six year-olds.
Oh, well. Good thing we still have a president who's a uniter and not a divider.
That was irony. I plan to use it as much as possible before it's outlawed.
Jen's email reminded me of the very best advice I received when my wife got pregnant for the first time. I was told to go see as many movies as possible because soon I would not be able to see movies again for a substantial chunk of my life. How true it is. With the birth of my children came the death of the movie theater. I am still living in the movie dead zone. I suspect that the Bush administration will outlaw sarcasm at the same time as irony. So like Jen with irony, I am going to use as much sarcasm as possible in the coming days and months. Not that I blame the Bush administration for outlawing such powerful language -- next thing you know we might go out and use it.