The World Interviews Me About My Future Plans by Miriam Sagan

The world asks:
Do you feel confident that it is safe to return to normal activities?

Me:
Let’s break that down.

The world:
OK

Me:
I always feel confident. I’m naturally bossy. I’m confident when I’m right and when I’m wrong. In Iceland with my daughter I led us, confidently, to the old harbor in freezing wind. We were headed the other way, to the hot springs swimming pool. I have dyslexia, but remain confident. So I’d say confidence and being right are not the same thing.

The world:
How about safe?

Me:
I never feel safe. I’m an anxious person, from an anxious cultural group. In my Jewish family we claim—the anxious gene survives. Sitting around during a pogrom, figuring, well, it might all work out. That gene pool, not so much. I usually live by calculating my odds—what risks can I take? This has served me well.

The world:
Moving on…what about normal activities?

Me:
More semantic problems here. What is “normal?” I probably shouldn’t talk about my weird habits. Is it normal to nap as much as possible, go to Tune-Up Cafe every few hours, take two baths a day, change my clothes again, and eat cold cereal for supper? If so, then yes, I’ll resume my normal activities because I have not given them up.

The world:
I’m finding you a little bit annoying.

Me:
Sorry. I find myself annoying, too.

The world:
And what in God’s name are you wearing?

Me:
A housedress.

The world:
Didn’t your mother HATE those?

Me:
Yes. But my maternal grandmother wore them. Thank you, bubbe!

The world:
A housedress—and I see you have pockets and snaps—is depression-era. Is this economic forecasting?

Me:
Not necessarily. I always wear them.

The world:
And you are going to clean house?

Me:
No. I like to wear them when I write poetry. I have three new ones for spring.

The world:
Well, enjoy your “normal” activities.

3 thoughts on “The World Interviews Me About My Future Plans by Miriam Sagan

  1. I love this piece and I love you in a “bata” – rhymes with Schmata. My sister said she ordered me a moo moo the other day. I prefer a Caftan. Or a huipil. Do you remember the house dress we bought in Yachats at the Lion’s Club thrift store?
    Of the Covid Pandemic and What I Wore…
    Love you, Mir!
    Ana

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