by Thea Constantine
June is the month most Americans will experience some rite-of-passage ritual.There are weddings and graduations where we witness the lives of our friends and family change almost overnight. What’s also interesting is the problems and creative solutions these occasions present. After all, a huge section of our population is still struggling to be given the legal right to marry. Others don’t want to repeat the past and are looking for a new way to celebrate. There are still places where people have little choice in who they are bound to, but feel they must go through with it anyway. Some of us find ourselves in love with someone who, for any number of reasons, is unavailable. Think about how you celebrate your love.
We start our educations very early now. I recently heard a friend talking about her daughter’s graduation from preschool. They had little caps and gowns and a certificate to hang on the wall. By the time she hits college she’ll be a pro. But not everyone graduates. Some of us move straight into the working class or decide to see the world first.
What were some of the dreams you had in preschool? Who did you want to be when you grew up? How about high school? Is life anything the way you thought it would be?
Every life we put on the page started with those dreams, too. Sleuthing the origins of their dreams can be enlightening. At one time it was believed that a woman’s name should appear in the papers only three times: at her birth, when she marries and when she dies. Think of the women you write about. How many times will their names appear in the paper?
Please come back and tell us what you found.
Thea Constantine is a writer and certified AWA facilitator with PDX Writers. Her short stories have most recently appeared in In Focus, the quarterly magazine of the PEN Cyprus Center; Stellazine; Roving Writers; “On the Yellow Line,” a weekly column for Street Roots; and an original serial for the online magazine The Black Boot. Her work has been included in a number of anthologies. She just won 1st Place Short Story in the maiden edition of the Watercress Journal. She is currently at work on her first novel, Stumptown.