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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Back in Mind
I'm rearranging the cabinet underneath our front bathroom's sink. There are items there that haven't been touched in years. But some of them hold a peculiar staying power. Seeing the changing pads, "emergency" diapers," and a random cotton square -- I used to sing, "Here comes Peter Cottonsquare, wiping up the. . ." -- brought to mind an everyday life that feels both hundreds of years away in mind and palpably now in body. Skylar walked in to show me the progress on her book and was also taken with the items on the floor. Although she clearly remembers some things from that period in her life, the trauma of needing parental assistance with bodily functions is not one she cares to remember. Is that repression or something else? I'm not sure. In my own case, I had the advantage of being able to establish a new relation to the paraphernalia of bathroom duty when my sister was a baby. The "talk table" and its sticky white vinyl top was thus pried loose from personal associations with a lack of control and displaced onto the specter of my sister's immaturity against which I could feel good about my own progress. As an only child, Skylar hasn't had that opportunity. Now that she has a new cousin, though, she is at least thinking about the time when one is a baby and toddler with greater regularity. Time to head back to the pile. . .

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From: e4q Date: January 3rd, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i like peter cottonsquare. he sounds much nicer than shockheaded peter and all of his friends.
i, too, am tidying. the new year made me do it.
From: zokah Date: January 3rd, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Shockheaded Peter both scared and fascinated the holy crap out of me - still does. Like all German fairy tales I imagine.
From: e4q Date: January 3rd, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i never knew about shockheaded peter til i saw the tiger lilies show. it was fab as anything, and if you can get to see it you should. the staging was utterly brilliant. if you click around the tiger lilies website there is a clip somewhere... but in the meantime - http://www.shockheadedpeter.com/
From: zokah Date: January 3rd, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm so all over the Tiger Lillies! http://www.livejournal.com/users/zokah/45851.html

I saw Shockheaded Peter while in Israel and also here in San Francisco. One of my most fave theatrical experiences ever! I'm only sorry I missed it last year in New York when it had a brief run in the Spring.
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