I jumped the track this week. For Deal Me In, we’re supposed to draw a card from a regular deck of playing cards and read the story we’ve associated with that card (or suit, or color). But my online pal Perry Block (who calls himself Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute, although he still looks pretty cute to me!) shared a story on Facebook and I went and read it.
I appreciated this one. A lot.
For one thing, it’s a takeoff on one of my favorite — possibly by very most favorite — story ever, Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants.”
This one is called:
In it, a certain Mr. Hemingway goes to a doctor in a quest for “medication for The Condition”. It’s difficult going for the poor doctor.
She looked at the clipboard on her lap. A high whistle came from the air conditioning vent, the exhalation of a machine trying to control nature. “It says here your alcohol consumption is twenty-to-thirty drinks per day. Did you mean two-to-three?”
“The day is hot.”
Sue D. Gelber is a New Englander turned Chicagoan now living in Colorado where she writes fiction, essays, humor, and grocery lists. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a Master of Arts from the University of Massachusetts. She’s an avid, if slow, runner and cyclist as well as an aspiring yogi. She went through a triathlon phase a few years ago. It didn’t go well.
Ms. Gelber doesn’t seem to maintain her blog, but she does have a list of previous publications, which is going to be my go-to when I draw a heart from the deck until (if! please, let it never be so!) the list runs dry.
A PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a subject without mentioning it.