I'm alone this afternoon except for the cat, who sleeps on my sofa and ignores me. This solitude is welcome and needed.
I have been writing to all of the Reverb 10 prompts but not publishing my responses. I haven't had the time or the heart to polish them.
I love Boxing Day. On Boxing Day, I stop holding my breath waiting for myself to explode. This breath-holding is an involuntary response to that ancient seasonal wound.
Here are abbreviated versions of my Reverb 10 responses to the prompts for Dec. 22 and 23:
December 22 – Travel. How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year?
(Author: Tara Hunt)
I didn't travel in 2010 because I couldn't afford to and didn't have the time. (this is a great over-simplification of why I didn't travel, but it's all I'm giving today)
I probably won't travel in 2011 because I don't think I'll be able to afford to travel and may not have the time.
I love to travel.
December 23 – New Name. Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?
(Author: Becca Wilcott)
When I was young, I thought of myself as the Largest Elizabeth in the World though I was tiny, too thin, smaller and younger than my classmates (skipped a grade in elementary school). Elizabeth was too big a name for me to pull off. I found it hard to hide a name like that.
My mother wouldn't call me anything but Elizabeth and was offended when other people did. She had a certain way of enunciating every letter in my name as if each syllable was a crystal figurine.
I don't need a new name, not even for a day. Elizabeth is the kind of name that easily becomes other names. I can keep my name and still call myself something new. I could (and have been) Elizabeth, Liz, Betty, Beth, Lizzie, Elspeth, Elsie, Tin Lizzy (the years of braces), Lizard Breath, Lizbeth, e'beth and EJ.
Lately, I think of myself as "Lizzie," though I'm the only one I know who actually calls me Lizzie.
I am also Dear, Mom, Mommy, Beautiful Sister, Mumsy, The Girl's Mom, Mama and Auntie E.
Today, I am Elizabeth Marie, my full name, a name I love. I think I'm big enough to wear it now.