Of blessed memory
Ms. Becks of Beck’s Kitchen fame posted a brief bio of Madam Jeanne Louise Calment on facebook who was known as the longest living woman. In it she had several quotes such as “I’ve got only one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it.“, “I’m in love with wine.“, and “I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything’s fine.“
Becky went on to say that Madam Calment reminded her of my Muse. Mz Muze. An imaginary woman who is a composite of several people I have known over a lifetime. She was
stolen appropriated from my favorite journalist and curmudgeon of all time, Gene Amole, of blessed memory. His muse was called the idea fairy and perched on his typewriter wearing a pink tutu. He would have conversations with her when the news cycle was slow and the Newspaper Editor was breathing down his neck at deadline.
Mz Muze is a dated bleach blond of indeterminate maturity. She normally wears a too small brownish woolen pencil skirt and a pink rayon blouse. She is a bit vain, but not stupid, and hates bullpucky. She is intensely interested in my writing, and tolerates my poor spelling and grammar, but is quick to point out clichéd and trite opinions that I have
stolen adopted. And she is the angel of death when I get lazy and cite talking points as my opinion.
When my hearing and eyesight started fading, I lost interest in reading and writing .. it was just too much work and yielded too little satisfaction. I am more of an essayist than a writer. Which means I hate editing my work. I want to sit down and let the wisdom flow and get very impatient if the verbiage goes nowhere. So Mz. Muze went into the dust bin of past icons.
Now that the cataracts are removed, and a whiz bang set of new hearing aids sit in their plastic box on the desktop, I have been feeling the urge to write. But all that consumes me now is the bumbling idiot we have asked to execute the laws of the land totally fails in every task we have given him and succeeds in tasks we haven’t given him. I am aghast. And I’ll just leave it there.
So, the suggestion that I resurrect Mz. Muze from the dust bin is a good one, though I expect she is going to be a bit peevish …