Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Three little words that could change your life

Do a favour for me. Write a short essay or story for me that is both up-lifting and grounded in the here and now; that takes the product of the human imagination at its most fertile and grinds it into something worthy and useful through a structured and considered process. Sing a song of yourself and your life. Sketch a tentative plan for this city, this country, this world for the next thousand years. Explain love, justify death and excoriate history as never before.

And do it using only the words: ‘door’, ‘bus’ and ‘ball’.

My son, The Dude, rarely strays too far beyond these words. (Oh, sure, his name and ‘Daddy’, ‘Mummy’, ‘yes’ and ‘no’ crop up a fair bit but they’re all kind of obvious and expected.) He has taken those three words as a grand summation of all that is presently interesting about the outside world.

And if they’re good enough for him, then they should be enough for you. Try to get through just one meeting at work next week with only ‘door’, ‘bus’ and ‘ball’.

Let me know how it goes.

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