EMMA IS OFF LIVING, WHICH, IN THIS CASE MEANS, EMMA IS OFF WRITING. THE WEBPAGE “CONSCIENCE ROUND” HAS THUS BECOME SENTIENT, AND CONTINUES TO UPDATE. UPDATES TO TERMINATE ON NOVEMBER THE THIRTIETH.
1. What Emma wrote on October 31, 2010 5:13 PM
It’s Halloween, and my mother pours all the candy into an orange plastic colander. I am still in my pajamas, a gown covered in bright red apples, soup spoons, rolling pins, friendly rabbits in oven mitts: a thoroughly domestic print. I think of my classmates, all beautiful children, scrubbing behind their ears, untangling their hair, checking for blemishes. At nine or ten they will assemble in the city square, clothed in what is only considered proper attire on the 31st of the tenth month of any year. Fishnet tights for the gals, and I gather the guys are devising some clever concept costume they will all wear together (last I heard it was Pac-Man and his legion of homicidal ghosts) I do hope they get home happy, healthy and with their wit’s about them. Please don’t get too drunk, boys and girls. Please do not cross when the light is green, please do not let yourselves catch a cold, please do not eat too much sugar. I will be here, at home, passing out candy in a colander out of lack of a better container. I will be thinking of you.