Sunday, January 22, 2006

Keep Me Safe

Small child safe at home with her parents. Small child feels very attached to her surroundings. She likes playing with her friends during the day but at night she refuses to be anywhere more than 10 feet from her parents.

What is it about the nighttime that makes you so scared, small child?

Austere, middle-aged woman thick waisted and conservative wears horn-rimmed glasses and her course, black hair is fashioned into a wavey bob. Austere woman dresses prudently in dull clothes, pushing an empty stroller through the back streets. Sad and lonely, she longs for a child.

Why do you long for a child, austere woman?

Small child cute, happy and loveable at home with her family. Small child the envy of her ugly step-sisters and pressed down by the forces of patriarchy in a tiny, right-wing town.

What is it about you that makes people want you, small child?

Austere woman visits small child's house at night with empty stroller and tries to steal her away. Small child is petrified and expects that her parents will save her. They won't, because they don't like disagreeing with strangers.

Austere woman, will your life be complete once you own small child?

In 32 years time small child will enrol in Assertiveness, Conflict Management and Self-help 101. At this point she will stop blaming her parents for the things they were unable to teach her.

Austere woman released small child many years ago, and was banished forever into the black hell of a night that has become small child's day.

2 Comments:

At 1:09 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

True and brilliant.

 
At 11:01 PM, Blogger le Enchanteur said...

Well you really have me thinking now Janie. Clever presentation.

 

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