For once in a really long while, I had the opportunity to not think about work. Work stayed clearly out of my consciousness other than the fact that I thought about how I wasn’t thinking about it. For this long weekend I made my way down to West Virginia. Yes, I know for many people this would not be the first place they think of when they think work reprieve and relaxation. However, I needed to get West Virginia off my list of states to spend a good chunk of time in within the US. Thus, off we went.
I am a die-hard New Yorker. As you can imagine New Yorkers hold a lot of stereotypes (as do most American) about West Virginia. West Virginia, is after all, the home to the MothMan festival based on the Mothman events of several decades back. If you want a primer on it catch the Mothman Prophecy featuring Richard Gere. There is also the issue of the vast number of UFO sightings in West Virginia.
I often think of Holden Caulfield (from Catcher in the Rye) when I am thinking of literary characters that have had an impact on my life. He taught me to spot the phonies and the posers. I do not share his sense of utter disdain for everything though. I could imagine his upturned nose at the thought of going to West Virginia. Although, he may very well have been intrigued by the wacky, “supernatural” history of the state. As far as I can tell thus far, people are really friendly in West Virginia which would probably shock Holden a bit after which he would start wondering what was the angle.
In looking into the history of West Virginia, you come across the Author Pearl S. Buck who wrote the book called The Good Earth in 1931 and was then awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932. She advocated greatly for the adoption of mixed-raced children. The book served to “humanize” the Chinese people to Americans; fast-forward to 2004 when Oprah chose the book for her club. That book-club designation alone would turn off Holden Caulfield, for sure who was highly big on cynicism. Anyway, my mind is overactive today as I imagine a conversation between Holden and Pearl. What an odd conversation that would be considering his high level of cynicism and her desires to do advocacy through writing novels.
This overactive imagination of mine today is the result of not having to worry about work at all this weekend. I am free to think of silly, imaginary conversations. I believe I will head off soon and get some moonshine. Let’s see what conversations I imagine then