Monday, January 26, 2009

"Fan Target"
Sissy:"I want to write a post to cheer Marge up- but I don't want to hurt Ro's feelings."
Me: "Oh, please. She'll think it's fantastic. Besides, she has a job."

A few of my own:
If you had a Margaret, she would actually listen with interest when you said 'See, I worked the raglan flat, then I cast on some stitches for under the arms and worked the body in the round" without her eyes glazing over. And you would be happy hanging around for half an hour giving her your opinion while she arranged four original skeins on the yarn shop floor in different combos, then switched a couple out, then deleted one, then went back to the originals and then decided to buy none of the above. Because knitting is a passion the two of you share.

If you had a Margaret and said 'I'm trying to broaden my horizons and am going to read a graphic novel', she wouldn't roll her eyes and say "Sheyah, right, Mom." She would explain why Gaiman might not be your cup of tea and then e-mail you some starter suggestions with the Amazon links.
'Cause she likes to help people grow and expand.

If you had a Margaret, your garage and storage unit would be full of straight chairs, because she buys those like other people buy shoes.

Go read and see why I'm one of the luckiest moms in the whole world.


julie said...

Your family is pretty amazing, Sal.

Re. the graphic novels, I used to love the Sandman series. These days, after two years of reading One Cosmos, I'm not sure what I think of it (maybe I'll read it again and see). I love Gaiman, but the storyline is often very darkish and grim, and the theology it posits is, erm, interesting, to say the least. But there are some marvelous characters there, too, and certain chapters (like the Midsummer Night's Dream storyline) are amazing.

But she knows you far better than I; I bet she made some great suggestions :)

Sal said...

She suggested one that our library has, so I'm starting with that.

The Gaiman I perused at Half-Price Books had Death- a hot brunette- as the protagonist, and he mentioned the Sandman series in the 'liner notes' in the back. This is sort of like trying a new food. Be brave!