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Creeped Out by Mary Stebbins Taitt
 

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  • I love today's daily story---and--at the same time--it kind of creeps me out.
  • 1)Many years ago, when my brothers and I were teenagers, I received a tape recorder for Christmas. I turned it on to "record" and recorded the next hour of our Christmas festivities. Later that evening, I listened to the recording. Or, started to listen to it. I couldn't continue. What I heard upset me and creeped me out. Petty arguments, unkind words and digs, excessive teasing. It didn't sound like the joyous occasion I had already edited into existence. And it changed my life. I started noticing how we interacted and asking for a kinder gentler path. It took time, and more than 50 years later, I have not entirely succeeded. But that tape helped set me on the path.
  • 2)I remember as a child, being forced to hug and kiss relatives I didn't want to hug and kiss. To this day, those memories creep me out.
  • This story is a sprout from Chanukah, 1992, and absolutely does not mean to cast any aspersions on that story, but only on myself. It is a sprout because listening to it reminded me of my own recording, which now, lo these many years later, I wish I had. My parents voices, voices I no longer hear, were on that tape.

    Image: this is the first of a number of outtakes created as I tried to make a design for this year's Christmas card--which I'd intended to make as a linoprint. This is not the image I am planning to use (haven't done my cards yet.) (As usual, I am slow and behind.)

    Cowbird would not allow me to choose the actual location, which was DeWitt.
  • AND Happy Chanukah! I wish everyone happy holidays!!!
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