Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tear Down the Curtains
Drew and I were recovering from all the excitement by working on a plan for a demonstration produce garden at Elmwood. Of course the new administration was not far from our thoughts.
Miss Grimke: Does the election of Barack Obama mean our country has been redeemed from the original sin of slavery?
DGF: I would not want to put that great a burden on the shoulders of any one man. But it certainly lightens our hearts.
Miss Grimke: Are you jealous that Larry’s name is being mentioned for a cabinet post?
DGF: Oh yes. I want everything Larry has. I have his office, his chair, his university. . .
Miss Grimke: His bell, book, and candle.
DGF: What? Oh you mean the keys, the charter, and the great seal.
Miss Grimke: Whatever. Don’t you want to be in the cabinet too?
DGF: Absolutely. I have radical ideas I want to implement as soon as possible.
Miss Grimke: Please share them with us!
DGF: My ideas center on draperies. I want to tear them down. . .
Miss Grimke: And make a ball dress?
DGF: No no no! I would send them to Al Gore for recycling. I want to tear down the draperies to leave the windows bare, to let in all the light. I favor a simple, unadorned window, draperies take a lot of energy to clean, and sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Miss Grimke: Dr. Faust, I would appoint you Secretary of Drapery.
DGF: And I would work myself right out of a job!