Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jiggety Jig

I am home I am home, my body is back in its regular home-hole! What I did was I flew to St. Louis, next to a woman who had the Olive Garden logo tattooed on her neck. Elegant Choice was with me, and on the plane he somehow won a bottle of wine by answering the question, "What is the name of a rock group whose members are all dead, and one of them was even assassinated?" Experiment: if you present this question to a group of twenty people, fifteen of them will scream, "The Beatles!" But the answer is of course Mt. Rushmore. "How did you know it?" I whispered to Elegant Choice. "I have eaten so many popsicles in my life," he whispered back.

Anyway, we landed safely in the Lou and were quickly installed in the rectory of St. Elizabeth. It gave me mad nostalgia for the rectories of my youth, the brick and the wallpaper and the little kitchen where crisis-people come to drink tea and the way the main floor meandered ranchily over the land. When I was little I lived in a rectory that was so huge that I only ever seemed to find my room by accident. One day I went into the basement and opened a door, and the room was filled with nuns who were sewing a quilt. I had never seen them before and I never saw them again. This rectory was a little like that. The priest who lived there previously was crazy--when my father and mother moved in, the walls were covered with collages that were scribbled over with amazing sentences like: "Jesus came on the fire truck and FROZE THEM OUT," and "There is a teenager inside me, and his name is RAGE." Such...unfortunate phrasing, priest. Never say it again!

My birthday was the 27th and I went creeking with my little nieces and nephews. Try to tell a baby what a fossil is, you can't do it! Say, "If you lie down in this creek and pull the mud up over your head and close your eyes, you will fall asleep and then wake up in one million years as a baby-shaped stone," and then watch the baby burst into tears. This is called Education, and a baby needs so much of it.

I flew home the very next morning at 6 o'clock, the hour of hell. A giant ball of fire sleazed up the sky as I watched through my window. (I have called the police about this.) I arrived home and fell into bed and slept for thirteen hours, and when I woke up I was back, a year older, a year closer to waking up as a baby-shaped stone! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME.

7 comments:

Suzanne said...

Happy Birthday! xo

Tricia said...

YESSS human decay

Nic Sebastian said...

obiles? that's my word verification on this post, the gatekeeper of these Happy Birthday wishes to you. Hope you have a good one!

RHE said...

I went to St Louis last summer to visit The Old Folks at Home. The temperature exceeded 100°, the humidity 85%. "Why did you ever leave?" someone asked me. Some questions do not require an answer.

Tricia said...

Nic, I've been having the best captchas lately--so often they seem appropriate to the post. How are they formed, I wonder?

Richard, I only ever get to see the babies when I go back home. Before I get there I make all kind of plans, but I just end up as a sort of stationary couch for babies to climb on. It's pretty great.

Admiral Farragut said...

Did he really write, "There is a teenager inside me, and his name is RAGE!"? If he did, he missed his true calling and I hope he left the rectory behind to become an old, stringy, junkie metal-rocker in Berlin. Oh, and a superbly festive birthday to you!!

Tricia said...

I think the actual quote was even MORE unfortunate, something like, "I can FEEL a teenager inside me."