Thursday, October 20, 2005

Not your normal chick

My role models in life: Beatrice (and Benedick) from Much Ado about Nothing. Valancy from The Blue Castle. Buddy from Franny and Zooey. Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful. The girl from "Short Skirt, Long Jacket."

Okay, so they're all fictional, but maybe you get the idea. I like attitude. I like quirkiness. I like people who defy gravity. . . I mean, convention. So when my friend reads me the beginning of his story and the wife of the main character seems like a ditz to me, I want to give her a bit of that attitude and, well, feminist-ness.

So I'm not your normal chick. I like that about myself. I like that I'm not actively searching for validation via men. Not that other girls are. But they are. I like that I know my limitations--and I ignore them. I like that I feel sexy with or without a man eyeing me. But there's another element to these characters who I listed as role models. They all, well, maybe not SSLJ girl, but the others aren't just a little odd and have more than a little attitude--they observe, they critique, they moderate. They are the story tellers. Some of them are the puppetmasters. Some simply have really, really great lines. I'd be happy with that.

I am happy with that.


JB said...

That's probably what I like best about you and most wish I could emulate. In case you were wondering....

editorgirl said...

JB, my dear, but you are that way. Perhaps even more so.


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