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Saturday, March 15, 2014

100 Days of Happy: Day #69/ Beginning to "A Fish Named Shady"

Day #69: Close to 60 degrees today! The snow has melted and the crocuses are out. We're supposed to get snow on Monday, though, but it's nice to see signs of Spring.

I've been working on this piece for a few days off and on, here is what I have so far. When I finish it, I'll post it to and post the link.

A Fish Named Shady (As in Slim Shady)

It would be an understatement to describe my childhood years as interesting - eclectic is more like it. I remember having crushes on Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) and Eminem from Summer 2000-Summer 2002. That two year span proved obsessive to my pre-teen self when I decorated my room with Limp Bizkit and Eminem posters. I even had a shirt that said "Property of Slim Shady."

I remember Valentine's Day 2001 when I finished play practice for the middle school's upcoming production of Fiddler On the Roof. Dad picked me up at 5:15; it was finally getting darker a little later. Dad said there was a surprise waiting for me. Fortunately, the drive from school to home was five minutes, but to an excited 11 and a half year old girl, it seemed to take forever. But once dad parked his blue 1991 Oldsmobile (we called it the blue bomber because it always broke down until we replaced it with a 2001 Chevy Malibu in 2003), I hopped out and ran through the kitchen door.

Waiting on the kitchen table was a pink envelope, a box of chocolates, a pink teddy bear and a flower vase with lilies and beta fish living in the water (they breathed in oxygen from the lilies). Dad was always good about buying me things for Valentine's Day and to this day he still does because I am still his special little girl. Dad came inside the house and said, "Happy Valentine's Day, Wee!" I gave him a hug and a kiss. I named the beta fish Slim Shady and Fred after Fred Durst because I loved those two guys to death.

Work on more tomorrow... back to my Bob Dylan drink!


  1. Is it a good idea to immediately reveal your poetry's connection with the real Slim Shady in its title?

    Enjoy your Bob Dylan drink!
    I did several unspeakable things with Matt today out and about the Philadelphia, particularly in the Bustleton Russian market parking lot and at Bryn Mawr/Haverford. It was thrilling. I feel better and excited for pursuing life.

    1. It's not poetry though. :D But, maybe I'll take out "(As In Slim Shady)." I'm excited to get it done.

      Glad you had fun, but take it slow.

  2. This is a lovely story. :) Your father is very kind to you; that should be the default of course, but it isn't always so.

    1. Thank you. :) I'm going to try to finish it today, but we'll see. I have diversity night things to finish.