Secret Pop

Jan 23, 2002

"You mustn't squeeze a melon till you get the melon home..."

When I played in the orchestra for Guys and Dolls back in 1994, my very long hair caught fire right at the beginning of the Manhole Dance. My stand partner had placed a small citronella candle between our seats to keep the mosquitoes at bay, and I leaned down to get something out of my violin case and ended up having to pat out the flames as my hair filled the pit with a very unfortunate smell that lasted the rest of the night. I went home and spent three or fours hours trimming away the singed ends in the bathroom. When I called my parents in Italy to tell them the further poor luck that had befallen me (suffice it to say that this was not the first in a string of maddening occurrences in my young life at the time), the laughter came almost immediately. Never the question of whether I was okay. Just the laughter. I remember that being the case when we lived in Japan and I slipped on our hardwood floor and came thudding down the stairs. The rest of the family heard the clamor from the dining room. Once I stopped falling, there was only a moment's pause before I heard the laughter. It's so reliable, it has almost become its own form of warm reassurance.

Me:     Hello, Mom. Guess what? My apartment burned down.
                                            I tripped and knocked all my teeth out.
                                            My car was swept away in a flood.
                                            *insert freak mishap here*

Mom:    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

This is a little exchange I can have in my head any time of the day. Just for fun.

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