Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday Scribblings

The word is invitation.

Miss Manners


Manners and no money will garner you more respect than money and no manners, Gloria was always told, and she kept this maxim into her adulthood. Thank you notes, "Please", never raising her voice in public.. all of these things served her well, allowing her to live in a world more and more chaotic without ever becoming a part of the chaos. She was almost alone in this behaviour, still, she clung to it, wearing the proper clothes and saying the proper words at work and in her social life. When she fell in love, she issued an invitation to the man of her dreams to come and be with her, telling him of her devotion and desire. On the day, she sat in her living room, perfectly turned out, back not touching the chair, a lovely tea awaiting his appearance. It was only after hours had gone by, the tea bitter and cold, the pastries looking soggy, that she thought perhaps putting an RSVP on a love letter wasn't such a good idea after all.

10 comments:

harrietv said...

When it comes to "haven't you learned," I think of haven't you learned to think of the consequences of your actions. For example, if you throw something straight up into the air, don't be surprised if it falls on your head.

Not So Zen said...

Hmm, read that as soggy pasties. Guess I was expecting a surprise ending... :/

ThomG said...

Another nice turn of words here, Q.

Quin Browne said...

sortamom~changed the title

son~i know where you spend your nights now

thom~thanks.. never write after driving 7 hours is the lesson i learned.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Surely if she put an RSVP on her love letter she would know that he wasn't coming. Or am I missing something here? Anyway..

missalister said...

Gloria,
Nonsense! It was a superb idea.
Devereaux

Quin Browne said...

stg~good point. in my world, it was the rsvp that drove him off.. no excuse, but, i wrote it in 10 minutes...

deveraux~aw, thanks.

not so zen said...

I got the rsvp part. It was a very nice piece mom, despite the soggy pasties. :)

Quin Browne said...

mom will keep you in her will, zen.

Peter Varvel said...

Miss Havisham, is that you?