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Rest for the wicked?

Hi Sarah, 

 I'm picturing all my charges at their various destinations both abroad (sounds a little snooty) and at home: Portugal, Italy, Collingwood, Mont Tremblant, piano practice easily and quickly left behind, along with all the other stresses of a young girl's busy Hildegarde life. I was part of the mad exodus to the airport in yesterday’s weekend rush, feeling crunched between metal on all sides, swerving and swaying with the rest of them. My sunglasses were packed in the trunk (good place) and the early spring sun glinted off every speeding surface. Adrenalin rush.

Catherine and Moira were each doing their girl weekend thing: Catherine off to Trenton to visit her beautiful, blonde Hercules-plane-flying friend. Are you making associations yet? Oh yes, she was dangerously close to that serial killer who apparently attended Upper Canada College for a short stint (private schools are not exempt, if not more suspect these days with the free flow of money and all those international connections). Moira was happy to take off to New Hampshire, a much-deserved break for her. Not easy to get it all together when paying a visit to the good ol’ US of A: a valid passport (at least six months left on it), medical insurance, cell phone with roaming privileges for which you pay dearly, food for a no-frills flight and always the eternal water bottle (to be filled after going through customs). After what seemed an endless day of running around I managed to make it to our dress rehearsal downtown. Fifteen minutes into calming chants and like magic, my heartbeat was restored to somewhere around normal. 

Earlier that day a distressed parent had called me to apologize for being late in organizing her daughter’s next lessons but her bladder had haemorrhaged. Did I want those details? In my inbox I found an alarming email that told of my aunt’s Alzheimer- suffering husband: very fit two days ago, now curled up, sleeping all day and not eating. He was a marathon runner all his life. Can’t say he didn’t try. 

I have become, (much to my despair) in the words of Moore’s protagonist, Tassie Keltjin, a “delusional housekeeper”, my life being crowded with all these ‘other’ things. I too use moist paper towels to collect dust balls, wipe grease marks off the stove when they are made visible by the sunlight, and first thing in the day, blow dandruff flakes from in between the keys as I turn on my computer.  

See you on Monday the 15th for our ‘private’ Memoir workshop. Francine deserves a break too. 

Hear from you.      



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