ColinMcEnroe

"the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time..." -- Kerouac

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Vernon Street Swarm

While driving back from the tire store (sigh) I caught myself thinking about the class and what it would be like as an extended family and then I caught myself thinking about thinking about that, which I think is what Metacognition means. It's a word people keep using in their blogs. The guys at the tire store were unfamiliar with it. I think it might be a "rhetoric thing."

I decided Elin had to be the hub, one of (Dave, Jeff, Holly, Brett, the baby brother, spoiled rotten!) five siblings. Thanksgiving is always at Elin's house. Anyway, I developed a whole model of the class as kind of an Elin-centric family, and I figured out what everyone's role was, although some were difficult. And the ages might not add up right. Could Eric possibly be Elin's oldest (somewhat rejecting-of-her-values) child, from her disastrous youthful first marriage to Joe, although she and Joe are now good friends, time having passed? (Their other kid, JP, worked very hard at getting them to reconcile, while internalizing her own suffering.) It was loads of fun. Picture Dave as Elin's fun-loving but in-and-out-of-scrapes brother, periodically running through the front door, jamming a wad of cash into Elin's hands, barking "Hide this!" and then running out the back door.

The whole exercise struck me as ridiculous until I realized, it's sort of one of the points of tonight's discussion.

6 Comments:

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Nile said...

Where does that leave you? Omniprescent, slightly disconnected narrator, a la "Our Town"? Nope. No way. You're sucked into the crazy family too. I'm thinking used-to-be-pot-smoking-motorcycle-riding-hippie-turned-cool-uncle who makes the great aunts slightly uncomfortable with his unconventional manners and probing questions who is beloved by the kids because he talks to them like they're adults. Be sure to bring plenty of booze for Thanksgiving.

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger Brett said...

Hey, I am not spoiled rotten! You take that back or I'll cry. I will! Mom, make him stop it...

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

Hmm, I'm not part of the class per se, but perhaps part of the extended family.

I know, can I be the really strange uncle? Maybe a little bit of the uncle from The Cherry Orchard...

Throw in a little bit of opium...

A little more distant, in a bunch of ways than the used-to-be-pot-smoking-
motorcycle-riding-hippie-
turned-cool-uncle

 
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