Happy Saturday! Or really, almost Sunday. I’m only now posting because most of my day was spent attending my older child’s Irish dance recital. For those of you following along at home, yes, my kids do a lot of performing arts. Mainly my son, who is in more things that you can shake a stick at (mostly at school). I think we’re done now, though. School gets out in a few days.
Tomorrow is Father’s Day in the US. I have a complicated relationship with “parent days” as well as with my remaining parent. My snippet is still from Nightsong, and in this scene, Nate is talking to his parents. They are not terrible people, but they are the sort of folks who had a specific plan for Nate’s life—and he didn’t follow it.
“Shove it, Dad. You were just as bad. Neither of you listened to what I wanted. Even when I started studying opera—at your request, not mine—you thought it meant at the very least I’d be performing at Carnegie or the Met, right? Not some tiny little company made up of the sorts of gay people you’d like to pretend don’t exist. Be queer but not too queer. And for sure, don’t do anything that might spoil your brother’s reputation.”
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