“miss piggy is a trucker trying to be a woman”
“you can consume whatever you want, sitting on your couch-but where does your garbage go?”
how excited am i that we have a documentary theatre in town? opening week of the hot docs bloor, i saw there great films-wasteland (to complete the first half, as i caught the last in september during manifesTO), the topp twins (which must have been part of the inspiration behind the flight of the conchords), and being elmo, which was the perfect reminder of the joy and sacrifice of following your dreams. shout to bust magazine for recommending jewelle gomez‘ work.
“At first I felt disappointed, tricked. Like I used to feel when I learned that my favorite movie stars were only five feet tall. But I later realized that it was an incredible act of bravery and intelligence for her to pass on to me a skill she herself had not quite mastered-a skill she knew would always bring me a sense of pride in accomplishment.” (28)
hmm, this gives me new perspective on the swimming lessons, the piano lessons, the skiing, and the languages that my father gave me…a discussion with my date for elmo (and dinner at fresh-finally!) brought up another perspective of feeling like she also raised her parent(s). when your folks are the youngest of seven or nine, they can grow up feeling like they’re lacking attention, and act out long past their “childhood” years, and end up having one child to combat that, but the opposite effect/affect occurs when we end up packing the weight of the world onto our shoulders. lionel richie also reminded us that michael never had a childhood, so he stayed forever a child.
“Or maybe we were both too much the same: afraid of being dependent on each other and wanting, at the same time, someone to take care of us. I feel fooled by appearances, not that it was her fault. My eyesight just wasn’t good enough to see the signs.” (43)