(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "L" is for Leader)
The following should suggest a certain well-known play to you. Which play?
What excitement was around my home last week! The huge promotion I finally received was a life-changer.
And not just for me. My wife got a big kick out of it too. She immediately began thoughtlessly spending money like a sunken draylor and she scheduled a big banquet to which she invited everybody who is even remotely anybody.
Well, why not? After years of struggle, I finally reached the position I believe I deserve. Our family will be dodging no more bill-collectors.
Though frankly, I was a bit uptight about all of this because the cost of that banquet was kind of scary. Two complete musical groups were necessary? One hip-hop and the other string quartets? (I’m not sure my wife is familiar with the word “pretentious.”) The ice sculpture alone cost what once could have been a working-stiff’s annual salary. Oh well, let her have her fun. She put up with me through all the lean times in the past.
Say what you will, it was wonderful when the leading figures of our region arrived and told me how happy they were now that I’m the one in charge. And then I proceeded to knock everyone’s socks off by serving them a banquet old Chef Escoffier would have been proud of.
Of course, the banquet could be criticized as basically political. But then, what isn’t? It was important to make sure everyone understands that now I very solidly occupy the job of leader - the leader - and that there are no challengers. Also, I wanted to stamp out those ridiculous rumors that I somehow achieved my high position through some sort of skullduggery.
Yes, no question, it was a night to remember. So why do I feel woozy and apathetic about it now? Well, it’s because of Ed Bixler. I know, I know; Ed’s been dead for quite some time. But the point is, he was there, at the banquet. I saw him.
This makes me feel weird and that maybe I might be drifting over into some kind of psychologically-disturbed mindset because – no one else could see him.
The answer will be posted Saturday.