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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Giving Misanthropy A Bad Name

Jenny can trace back to the Girl Scouts her troubles. The one great obstacle she faces in life undoubtedly had its start even earlier – preschool surely – but memory is comfortingly cooperative and offers no hard evidence. The Girl Scouts - Troop 451 in particular - furnished stark opportunities for Jenny to display what she likes to call her sore thumb gene.
Genetics provides an overarching reason for why she always feels so glaringly out of place, not only releasing her from any fault, but also handily speaking to the question of why she is such an unsociable being. Or is it asocial, or maybe antisocial? She hardly cares.
The problem is not limited to the Girl Scouts, to one lone traumatic event buried deep in her childhood psyche - a failure to sell her quota of cookies (Mom bought them up) or the embarrassingly unbroken hunter green of her sash, onto which myriad badges of achievement should have been crookedly sewn. No, her inability to ‘get along’, her disinclination to belong, is all-pervasive and, ironically, all-inclusive.
Like Groucho, she never cared to join any club that would have her. Church? She is so vehement an atheist that the Universalists are scandalized, the Buddhists shocked. Sewing circles? She draws blood far too often and, worse, is constantly asking who Catherine is and what her relationship to Mr Darcy is, anyway. No, wait. That was her problem with the East End Early Bird Book Club. But surely the East End Early Birds was that bunch of foodies who systematically eschewed dessert.
There Jenny sits, drumming her fingers before a snap-down shirt, yellow neckerchief and that awful sash across the Girl Scout’s Manual. Troop 832 has requisitioned a new leader and Jenny has, once again, failed to find admissible justification for gracefully bowing out. The summer and ensuing school year yawn before her as she looks on aghast. What’s even worse is her daughter. Her popular, easy-going, daughter is horrifyingly, damnably, absolutely over the hunter-green moon.


28 comments:

  1. Kymm! Wasn't sure where you were going until the end but I certainly enjoyed the weaving road that took me there. "over the hunter green moon" That is beautifully funny and a bit melancholy.

    Well done!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the ride, Jo-Anne.
      Thanks so much!

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  2. Genetics isn't everything, apparently, not if her daughter turned out like that. I enjoyed the full-circle nature of this - it made me want to shout: "But now you have a second chance!" even while knowing it wouldn't help. Like Jo-Anne, I think "over the hunter-green moon" is a fabulous construction. Really great piece! Thanks for sharing it with us! ~Christine (Trifecta Guest Editor)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Christine, and thanks for wanting to shout!
      Rocking the Guest-Editor gig!

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  3. A very interesting read. I really liked how you carried us to the nice twist. Jenny seems very real to me. Great piece.

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    1. Oh, so nice to hear she seems real. Glad you liked it.
      Thank you, lumdog!

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  4. I like the flow of this piece, the humorous details, and the way it ties together neatly.

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    1. That's so nice to hear. Thank you, Xandra!

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  5. Genetics are mystifying with seemingly no rhyme or reason to how they present themselves in families. Captured beautifully here. I, too, love the flow of this, the phrasing, and the ending that ties it neatly together. I'm a big fan of your work in general. Always expect the unexpected when reading your pieces. I like that.

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    1. Tee hee (I'm giggling cause you said "fan").
      Genes... it always sounds like the 'big bones' excuse I used to use. In the end, I think, like nurturing, circumstance and luck, they're all just "there". You have to work with them or let them overpower you...
      So glad you liked it.
      Thanks for the love, Steph!!!

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  6. new band name - Hunter Green Moon

    I loved where you went with this. At first I thought is was stream of conscienceness then I slowed down and refollowed.

    Great ending.

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    1. Haha That is a good band name.
      Thanks for the love, Lance!! I appreciate the comments.

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  7. Poor Jenny. I really feel for her. The emphasis in that last line (horrifyingly, damnably, absolutely) sums up Jenny's mood so well. Really enjoyed this.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it. Don't feel too sorry for Jenny though, she digs her own holes : )
      Thanks, Sarah!

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  8. There's always some of us who can't fit in, and it stings to watch others who do. This is a brilliant story with a surprise twist in the end.

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    1. I have a feeling most of us around here belong to strange clubs of one...
      Glad you liked it, and thanks for saying so, Leftwoods!

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    1. Hey, so nice to hear! Thank you, H.L.

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  10. This was a great, amusing read (:

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    1. So glad you were amused : )
      Thanks, Draug!

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  11. Oy! The things we do for our children. I like the slow roll of this, inexorably downhill. And then...the zinger. Perfect!

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    1. Ha! Right?!
      So glad you liked it. Thanks, Tina!

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  12. This was wonderful, especially the Groucho paragraph, with the drawing blood and Mr. Darcy and shocked Buddhists. And the last line of the story clinched it. :)

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it (I'm partial to the shocked Buddhists myself).
      Thank you, Michael, for your kinds words and visit!

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  13. Oh my. This could have been me. I call me a loner. My daughter thrives on company.
    Love the stream of consciousness within the memories.

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    1. Gotta line up the excuses so you don't get caught empty handed.
      Thanks for the love, Renee!

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  14. This all sounds very familiar - liking it, liking it MX

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    1. Haha Thanks for the visit, yoooooouuuuuu!

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