|Actor portraying Your Capable Correspondent on a difficult day|
Do you see what I did there?
Obviously, I would never pad my
So, yes, my manuscript is currently only 425 words in length, which some might say means it is hardly in existence at all. Those in the Know, however, are well aware of the magic that Your Faithful Scribbler can create out of 425 words! A mere kernel of a story, to be sure, but never forget my friends: War and Peace was once a manuscript of only 425 words!
Besides, I have a very good reason for this slow start
I am thrilled to report that I passed with flying colors! I am nothing if not modest, but TITK will not be surprised to hear that the officer who interviewed me practically asked, "What took you so long?". Actually, she did, literally, ask me "What took you so long?".
I was immensely flattered, of course, that the United States of America was so eager to welcome me as a citizen (although obviously, Those in the Know are probably not surprised at all - I simply do not realize my own value!), but I gently wagged a finger at her and smilingly reminded her that I am a Very Busy Woman™. As much as I try to fulfill the hopes and expectations of my legions of admirers (including, it now turns out, the United States of America itself!), from time to time I must put aside the wishes of others and devote myself to
The officer looked taken aback - as well she should have been! I am the last person to point to the shortcomings of others, but - while TITK will completely understand her excitement at having me as a fellow citizen at long last - how could she not have known how
I replied truthfully (of course) that, since I have three children who likewise were not born in this great country, I waited until the last of them had gained the age of majority before applying for citizenship myself, thus preventing them from acquiring automatic citizenship through me and allowing them to consciously choose citizenship for themselves as adults. I am sure everyone will agree with me that a momentous decision such as choosing to become a citizen of this great country ought to be a conscious and enthusiastic one made by informed adults. Sure, it would have been easier to have saved my children the trouble when they were younger, but it is a responsibility that I am sure they will claim joyfully.
The interview moved along swiftly after that. I even managed to give the officer some helpful hints for decorating her office in a more elegant and inviting manner, although I must say she was not as appreciative of my efforts as one might have expected. Perhaps it was merely an unfortunate natural expression, but she looked
Since I was in the city, I had made arrangements to meet Kiki for lunch, so I sent her a little flurry of texts letting her know I was ready, where I was, how poorly decorated the federal offices were, how annoying the construction out on the city streets was, and various other
I must say, my talented and industrious daughter has a very impressive job at a bookstore right in the very heart of the city. While I waited for her to finish her shift, I made it my business to point out to the other customers that the paragon of wit and intelligence manning the information desk was my own amazing offspring. I am pleased to report that I saw Kiki's
We had a wonderful lunch at a little Italian place near the store. Visits to the city are so invigorating! And visits with my daughter are the highlight of my month! But alas, it was soon time to head back home.
Needless to say, after such a full day, writing of any description was totally out of the question. Sure, Kiki went on to write several thousand more words, even after a full shift at work, homework and probably a class or two, but I am a very busy woman and must pace myself!
Today, I plan to move mountains! Good day to All!
*The moment I become a citizen, Those in the Know can rest assured that I will waste no time before sending off a