Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Authors Notes - A Choreographed Life
In this passage from Pages in the Wind, Emily considers Reid’s father, a notorious womanizer. She thinks about the relationship between Reid and his father, and even considers a vague connection. The connection will affect her view of Reid, and will certainly be in opposition to what she needs him to be in order to sustain her fantasy.
Emily admired Reid as he played football with the other boys. He seemed to hold his teammates in his sphere with his warm grin and whispered quips as he pointed directions at them. Reid moved effortlessly around the field, his body was strong and yet fluid. The afternoon sun was beginning to hurt her eyes which made it hard to watch her friend. She put her head down and closed her eyes, and thought about Tyrone, Reid’s father. Ty, as he was called, was over 6’5, with wavy blonde hair, and rugged skin that was always tanned. His deep blue eyes seemed to penetrate right through you, and hold you in his presence until he was ready to release you. His mannerisms were deliberate and his intensity made Emily feel slightly uneasy. It was common knowledge that his father had numerous affairs with other women. He was indiscreet in his sexual wanderings, and you could find his car parked at a woman’s house in clear view and without fear of being discovered by his wife. He was a relentless patron of strip clubs, openly flirtatious, and aggressive in his hunger for a variety of women. Emily drew a wide berth around him, avoiding him when she was in Reid’s presence. Reid had a warm relationship with his father, and she assumed that he was unaware of the rumors about his father. Father and son talked with ease, and his father encouraged Reid to push the limits of what most kids were allowed to do. He encouraged Reid to be clever and not get caught, and warned him not to bring shame on the family.
As the sun strengthened, it obscured her vision and Emily rubbed her tired eyes. As she repositioned to get a better view, it seemed that Reid was progressing forward as the other boys were receding into the background. She covered her eyes again to block the punitive sun, and reflected on Reid’s father. Reid was nothing like his father, she thought. At least she didn’t think so.
Emily needs a hero in her life to rescue her from her wicked father. Her vivid imagination has choreographed a beautiful fairytale with Reid at the center of her world. Emily is gifted with creativity, but she is also intelligent. The reality standing in front of her when thinking of Reid’s father does not fit with the role that she has created for him. As a young girl, she uses her fertile imagination to choreograph the scenes that she plays with her friend, Reid. She needs a larger-than-life hero to counteract what she faces when she leaves him and opens the door to her dreadful reality. There is a sweet innocence to young Emily’s idealism and her imagination is a welcome exodus from her father’s cruelty. As Emily develops into a young woman, will she dismiss the traits that are in opposition of her perfect man? Will she continue to choreograph her life?