Author Topic: Miniature 20: Okra, Sorghum, Yam  (Read 18405 times)

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Re: Miniature 20: Okra, Sorghum, Yam
« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2008, 02:49:33 AM »
I'm still not sure I got it, unless it was that the 3rd sister was the wise one.  I had to listen several times to hear the last line.

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Re: Miniature 20: Okra, Sorghum, Yam
« Reply #21 on: November 22, 2008, 06:42:56 AM »

I liked this one a lot.  As I've said before, there are few things I like better than a classic tale built from modern parts, and this one worked beautifully in that respect.  Not quite up to the standard of Hillary Moon Murphy, but that gave me practice in appreciating what is presently available.  ;D
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Re: Miniature 20: Okra, Sorghum, Yam
« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2008, 07:21:28 PM »
My laptop broke again, so this is Rachel on her husband's account:

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I'm still not sure I got it, unless it was that the 3rd sister was the wise one.

Yes, according to the formula of these legends, she would be.

Also, there's something in the emphasis on the second sister instead of the third -- which is asking why do we only make the wise people our protagonists (in folktales)? Maybe it's more interesting (or equally interesting) to listen to the story of someone flawed.

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Re: Miniature 20: Okra, Sorghum, Yam
« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2008, 01:53:33 PM »
Got it, it got a C in my book.  I like re-tellings, I liked the style, the format was passable, the reading was "meh".
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Re: Miniature 20: Okra, Sorghum, Yam
« Reply #24 on: December 20, 2008, 12:54:12 AM »
Well despite understanding the point of the story, my first reaction was the same as stePH:

ummm ... what?  ???

I didn't like this one, which is a first for both PC and EP.  But then I read all of the other posts, and this one hit me right between the eyes:

Our lives are short, and to live them in fear, in constant desire of something better, and with constant anger over our present is to miss what’s going on.

Thank you, Hyperion, not for making this story more understandable (as I said, I got it, and I still don't like the story), but for reminding me of what's important in my life.

My husband lost his job in June, and we lived on savings until he got another, much better job in September.  The drawback is, we live in southern California, and the job is in Oregon.  So he's working and living there, and I and our two teenage children are still here, waiting for our home to sell.  Luckily, I have a very generous aunt & uncle living near the job who have opened their home to my husband, so we're still only maintaining one household.  And so much about this job is fantastic.  But the housing market is horrible right now, and though we've had many people interested in the home, nobody has been able to successfully make an offer, for various reasons (not enough down payment, not enough income, bad credit or bankruptcy, etc.).  Thanks to the new job's company, hubby will be here for nearly two weeks over the holidays, which is wonderful.  But lately, I've had a very hard time with the frustration of our home not selling, as we REALLY REALLY want to get the move over and done with.  (I'm SO over southern California traffic and congestion, just to name one thing I won't miss.)  Privately I've been feeling sorry for myself, despite telling everyone who asks that, "Yes, we are being patient, and we know the time will come."  I've been dwelling too much on how miserable I am that we haven't sold yet, instead of enjoying the good things I still have, not the least of which are my family.  Hyperion's post reminded me that life IS short, and if I'm not careful, I'll miss it.


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Re: Miniature 20: Okra, Sorghum, Yam
« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2009, 09:14:59 PM »
I got the message very early on in the story, or at least A message summed up as this:
"You can only be happy when you enjoy what you have (like soup).  If you dwell on what will be, what should be, or what was you will never find happiness."  A good moral, no doubt about it.

And then the same moral was shown twice more, and I said "so what?" and wanted it to go somewhere new, but it didn't.  I realize that repetition in 3's is common in this sort of tale, but I'd like the 2nd and 3rd to add something new.

And it's kind of cute to show the 2nd sib instead of the 3rd, but that alone wasn't enough to carry the story.