January 9, 2013

The Straight Line Wonder

Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal


When I was child, my cousin Andrew was on his way to becoming a talented ballet dancer. Unfortunately, the very posh boys’ private school he attended was full of idiots and bullies. One day a group of them grabbed Andrew’s tights and ballet shoes and threw them into a tree where they dangled, mockingly, for days. He never danced again. This story was written in a rage at that memory. It’s about being able to be different without being punished for it. Has the world changed since then? I doubt it, sadly. We are still made uncomfortable by those who refuse to live within our prescribed ‘straight’ lines.