God’s Pajamas!

I hate being sick.  For about 5 days straight last week and over the weekend (mine, not yours), I was ill with some sort of weird virus(es).  Charlie came home the week before with a fever and headache.  Then last week, Lola came home with the same thing.  The next day, The Mister and I both came down with it: semi-high fever, headache, lethargy.  The Mister got better, but I just motored my way on to another virus.  Because. Why not?  Fever with some mid-night sustenance re-visitation.  I cried afterwards because I always cry.  What was I most concerned about?  “Who is going to make lunch tomorrow?” I’m such a dork.

The nice thing about this virus is that it knocked me down but not far enough down that I didn’t want to open my eyes.  This gave me lots and lots of time to really get into my latest reading venture – Gone With The Wind.  I went into this novel nearly blind and ignorant to the story.  I have never seen the movie.  Nor did I read the back cover.  I knew that there was a Scarlette O’Hara.  I knew that there was a Rhett Butler, but had no idea what a scandalous man he was!  Several comedy sketches have exposed me enough to the story to know that  Prissy is going to freak out when a baby comes and get slapped across the face, “Ah ain delivered no baby befoh!”  (I’ll let you know how accurate that quote is in a bit.)  I’m surprised at how delighted and horrified I am by this story.  Margaret’s skill with words is superb.  She can set the mood just by describing colours rather than saying, “And they knew she was upset because she squinted her eyes infinitesimally.”  The story is rich with wardrobe, luscious fabrics that I can nearly hear rustle into a room.  The dirt and grime of war makes me feel desperate and anxious.  I’m horrified over and over again by calling African Americans “darkies”.  I knew people used to use this term (because I heard the stories from my friend about his grandmother still using the term in 2001.  Eep!), but to read it repeatedly (and I’m still reading it.  She’s not just being culturally clever here) is jarring.  I’m also finding it challenging to read about slavery in such casual terms.  As if it’s a right of white people to own other people just because their skin is dark.  And she doesn’t sugar coat it, either.  She blatantly talks about a plantation owner buying two women slaves from another plantation owner.  He did this so that his favoured slave would be able to live with his wife and step-daughter.  And the slaves were happy about it!  They said thank you!  Can you believe it?  I’m just shocked by it all. 

At the same time, I’m delighted with the story.  As flawed as the characters are, I find them charming and they draw me back to the book time and again to find out what is happening.  Each chapter slips by effortlessly, and I’ve found myself laughing out loud a few times (do you realize how scandalous it is to bid on a widow at a public dance auction?  Very!  Oh, Rhett, how you play with hearts and cultural niceties.  You cut right to the heart of me, Baxter.  I mean, Butler.)

So absorbed have I been in the language of the day, I find myself coining phrases that are not of my usual vernacular.  The other day, I had a temper tantrum of Miss O’Hara proportions and voluntarily sequestered myself in my room.  When I finally got tired of my situation, I sent a text message to The Mister and nearly wrote, “I will stay in here until such time as you see fit.”  (I’m not usually so dramatic.  *cough*)  I also talked with my … father?  I think it was my father.  And I spoke in high falootin’ language because I can.  Not to let myself down, I made a lemon meringue pie today for tea (agan, because I can.  That’s why I love Me)

When I stepped back to soak in the finished product I said to myself, “Well if that isn’t just the prettiest little pie I ever did see!”  

I’m still looking for opportunities to say “God’s pajamas!” and “Fiddle-dee-dee!”  You know it’s coming.

8 thoughts on “God’s Pajamas!

  1. Sonya says:

    Bwahahaha!!! This post cracked me up. I can totally picture you using all of those phrases in your everyday life. I’ve read so much LM Montgomery that phrases from her books have become a regular part of my vocabulary…much to my kids’ amusement.

    I’m so surprised that you have never seen Gone With The Wind. I really enjoyed it but I don’t know that I’d be able to tackle the book. Good on ya’!

  2. Cindy says:

    pretty sure the quote is I dun know nuthin ’bout birthin babies… :0)
    I’ve read the book twice (seen the movie 3 or 4 times) – I also got a hold of “Scarlet” and “Rhett Butler’s People” – two sequels to GWTW (but not one another, in fact they are completely different…) approved by the Margaret Mitchell foundation. Enjoy!

  3. Di says:

    So good! I swallowed GWTW right up! And then I chased it down with a viewing of the movie. Which, obviously, isn’t nearly as good, but it is kind of fun to see the “As God is my witness” scene acted out 🙂

  4. whitegirl says:

    Di, I was just waiting to hear your comment on this one! I wish you were here so that we could talk about GWTW in person! I’m going to get The Mister to download a copy of the movie so I can watch it as soon as I’m finished. Part of me, though, doesn’t want the story to come to an end. It’s so charming!

  5. Di says:

    So charming but so infuriating, right??? You’re like, “Frickin’ Scarlet! Get a clue!!” She really is her own worst enemy. But that’s part of what makes the writing so brilliant. I kind of breathed a sigh of relief when the book was finished, but then I sort of went into withdrawal. That’s where the movie comes in. I knew you’d enlist the Mister’s help. Wish I could watch it with you!! We would totally yell at the TV together.

  6. H says:

    From your description, it sounds like a great book! But maybe too many words. Are there pictures? How about a comic book version?

  7. Cindy says:

    If you’re interested… another book I read dealing with the same time period is Pomp and Circumstance by Fred Mustard Stewart. This is the only book I’ve read where I actually missed the characters (like friends who had left me) when I was finished. I think it would make a fantastic movie!

  8. whitegirl says:

    Thanks for the book suggestion! I’ll remember this one for the next time The Mister puts in one of his orders for his boring research books.

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