31-Day Blogging Challenge, Day 1: My Life in 250 Words

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Day 1, Thursday. The story of your life in 250 words

Little girl likes her brain.

…Have you ever noticed that the first two lines of “Aldonza” are structurally ambiguous?

“I was born in a ditch by a mother who left me there/Naked and cold and too hungry to cry….”

I figure most people are going to assume the second line refers to Aldonza(‘s infant self), not her mother; and I figure that’s what we’re meant to think.  But that’s not explicit in the grammar of the sentence.  It’s equally possible that “naked and cold and too hungry to cry” refer to the mother.  It’s also equally possible, in the context of the play, that both mother and infant were in the same straits.

If you’re wondering (a) what the last three paragraphs have to do with my life and (b) why I sit around thinking about these things when absolutely no “normal” person would notice them, much less converse about them as if any other “normal” person would find them interesting, well, that’s the story of my life.  In 171 words.

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About Verity Reynolds

Verity Reynolds is the author of NANTAIS, an autistic space opera that never uses the word "autism." Buy her a coffee: ko-fi.com/verityreynolds
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