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Prompted By Why We Write

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Excellent question; ‘Why do I write.”

My answer surprised even me: "I am here because I am a middle child I will now longer be quiet - tonight I will speak up." (I am in fact a middle child three times over; 4th that of 7, 3rd of four and 2nd of three and so it was definitely time to speak up.) And I did.

Back earlier in this 22nd century I was attending my first ever evening reading session at the Blue Parrot in Cambridge, MA. I was there to read a 7 minute segment of my new play ‘Colonial Billy McShane’

The question was asked ‘Why are you here?”. Evidently they were asking me (and others) what we/ they would be sharing that evening. I took the question to mean ‘Why’ not ‘What’, I took it as an Existential Question.

My answer surprised even me: “I am here because I am a middle child I will now longer be quiet – tonight I will speak up.” (I am in fact a middle child three times over; 4th that of 7, 3rd of four and 2nd of three and so it was definitely time to speak up.) And I did.

So – thanks for asking, again.

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(Mostly) Vegetarian, Politically Progressive, Daily Runner, Spiritual, Helpful, Friendly, Kind, Warm Hearted and Forgiving. Resident of Braintree MA.


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Comments

  1. Laurie Levy says:

    I love this perspective!

  2. Betsy Pfau says:

    Keep writing, sharing and speaking up!

  3. I’m glad this previously ignored middle child now has a forum, Kevin!

  4. I wish I had been there. The Blue Parrot is such an iconic spot. And I would have loved hearing your existential response.

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