November 4, 2013

#NaBloPoMo: Favorite Character Of All Time

Since November is not busy enough, I've decided to participate in #NaBloPoMo, sponsored by BlogHer. #NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month. It's kinda the blogger's answer to #NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Since I'm launching book two (Getting Lucky), finishing up book three (Crazy On Board) and starting book four (as of now an untitled book about girlfriends--any suggestions about titles?), I thought I should just add one more iron to my already roaring fire. So, without further ado...

My first thought about my favorite character of all time was Lenny in Of Mice and Men. I was an English major for my undergraduate work and American literature is my favorite of all literatures. I love Mark Twain, and I tolerate Edgar Allan Poe because I feel sorry for him. I like John Steinbeck's voice and because of Lenny. My goodness, y'all! Lenny steals my heart every single time I read Of Mice and Men, which is about every year or so.

I want to take Lenny when George decides to move them to the ranch. I want to take him into my home and provide him with tactile sensory objects and teach him appropriate touch. I never get that chance and Lenny bites it in the end while envisioning a rabbit ranch. Mercy, Mr. Steinbeck, you certainly knew how to stop my heart.

But, I have matured and my tastes have changed since I was a 16-year-old high school junior. My needs as a wife and a momma supersede my deep, intellectual yearning for timeless American literature.

And I have to confess to you that my favorite character is no longer Lenny. I now desire to laugh and that laughter is spawned most often by the characters played by Cecily Strong.

I laughed my fool-head off every time she showed up as The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party.

Then, I discovered her as "Spokesperson" so to speak. And y'all, that character has provided me with endless laughs ...

... Including when I was shopping at the mall and ran across this store, and texted my friend Mari saying, "We're still not porn stars anymore" and then we texted endless quotes from Cecily Strong.

To say my tastes have matured would not be an accurate statement.


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