Sunday, April 28, 2013

AMERICAN DESI GIRL

Chapter 6


Splitting Heirs

The SUBOURBON MEMSAHIBS meet once a month at the clubhouse to have lunch together and indulge in some gupshup, gossip, one-upmanship, and some genuine goodwill and camaraderie. Mama got strung along this once by her batik-making friend, a beautiful soul who loved her bourbon. And Mama didn’t say no because she actually liked the idea of a Mothers’ Morning Out.

In the room the women come and go speaking of Bill, Hill and Gore.

Everybody settled down at the tables and countertops and the buzz of a lively beehive was heard, along with the tinkling of cutlery among the porcelain, the swoosh of skirts that trail along the floor, the jingle of arms that are braceleted, laughter, talk, and banter.

In the room the women come and go speaking of Bill, Hill and Gore.

By and by the talk at Mama’s table turned to current events. The lady on the left had some issues to vent. She said, ”Misunderestimated? What does that mean?”
“Perhaps it was a mistake. Perhaps it was new coinage?”
“What sort of mistake?”
“Sometimes people mix up their words, by mistake or on purpose, and it turns out to be a funny or witty word or phrase. It keeps the language fresh. What would we ever do without ‘fantabulous’, or ‘ginormous’, or ‘bootylicious’, or ‘hungalumpcious’?”said Mama, her voice dropping through the last three syllables.
“He said that too?”
“No, no, no,” giggled Mama, imagining the consequences of such an eventuality.

In the room the women come and go speaking of Bill, Hill and Gore.

“I am no prophet—and here’s no great matter,” thought Mama to herself. “Would it have been worth while, to have bitten off the matter with a smile, to have squeezed the universe into a ball to roll it toward some overwhelming question, instead of splitting hairs?”

Allusions:
Splitting Heirs —- movie
T S Eliot — references and quotes from “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock”

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