For My Next Selection, a Little Ditty Called ‘Stuffing Newspapers into My Sopping Shoes’

19 Responses

  1. yogurt says:

    I just love the Fresh Air dialog in your head. Good stuff. And a little too familliar, this talking at the radio. So glad the storm passed but I do wish you had found shelter in the monastery. Next thunder and lightning storm, 'k?

  2. haphazardlife says:

    Soaked as you were and offering such an anatomy lesson, I can't help but think sitting around with celibate monks would be the best idea. Poor guys.


  3. unmitigated me says:

    Were I the lead in this production, it would have to be sold to an over-18 audience, based on the language in the script.

  4. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    So when your husband isn't jamming, you ARE jamming? In your head? In a monastary? In a storm? In a street? With Terry? With Timothy? With tap shoes on your feet?

    Wild tires. Still chuckling.

  5. kmkat says:

    Well-written. And I'm glad you avoided the lightning.

  6. Becky C. says:

    Great story! But now you've robbed your children of the greatest what-I-did-on-my-mom's-sabbatical-year story of all time. Now they're left with a pathetic “My mother was NEARLY killed by a freak intersection of lightning strike and hypothermia one day when she got lost in a wild valley in Turkey.” What fun is that?

  7. jess says:

    Oh Joelyn, how I love thee. I want season tickets to the inside of your head.

  8. secret agent woman says:

    Entertaining, but it also sounds a little unnerving.

  9. alwaysinthebackrow says:

    Wow-lightning, tires and monks, oh, my! The lyrics and music by Jocelyn. I think you may have a hit on your hands.

  10. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    Now that the whole thing is in the rearview mirror, I hope you're happy to have gotten an off-Broadway show AND a blog post out of it.

    I'm thinking that I "Yea, as I run through the Valley of Death . . ." would have crossed my mind.


  11. Deborah says:

    I'm thinking that your part of Turkey must be reconsidering its desire to become part of the European Union. European, American, I'm sure there's not a lot of difference in their eyes. And if more of the likes of you is what they'll get, well….

    Now if this comment makes no sense, it's because I've just had, unusually, two glasses of wine, with, even more unusually, my lunch. But thank god I had some kind of liquid courage, cause otherwise I would have been a wreck by the end of this tale. I could just see the headline, and it looks a lot like what your kids would have said about how they lost their mother.

    Ok, I'll stop now. But sheesh, Jocelyn. Don't scare me like that. I don't want to be saying I hardly knew ye…

  12. brokenbiro says:

    Hello – I followed Deborah over here so I don't know who you are or anything about you, but I LOVE that you make your life a musical. I try to do the same, but I work in a library so I may be told to 'Shush!' more than you are!

  13. lime says:

    you know…you and my red-headed husband really need to trade tales of running in foreign lands. i think you would both either laugh of curl each other's hair….well, he'd have to grow some first but ya know, maybe you'd make his resprout then curl it.

  14. Pam says:

    Terrifying.Glad it wasn't terriFRYING! In the Top End of Australia we have these sort of storms, and let me tell you, you won't find many monastries there either!

  15. Nora says:

    That was a terrifying tale you told and you told it very well. I was very concerned for your welfare and I'm glad you came out of that in one piece.

    I like the fact that your life is a musical and you are the diva. Or maybe it is an opera and you sing all the arias? Either way, it is a good way to get through it. I pretend I'm in a book and everything is allowed. At least, what's still inside the law.

  16. flutter says:

    I would imagine you have a natural aversion to putting up with drama. Now, if you could please not get nailed by lightning, I'd be much obliged, k?

  17. monica says:

    what drama! and with a happy ending ! my kind of movie – with or without jamming and aries..

    … bet the warm shower, the dry clothes and the warm drink back home was the best thing in a long time!

  18. Mother Theresa says:

    Best musical ever!!! But I wouldn't have minded if there had been some real monks thrown in for good measure…one can only imagine the reaction of some Turkish monks to a rain-soaked American, whose pants wont stay up, trying desperately to escape from lightning. I'm thinking you might be safer doing your running in a nice warm indoor gym…or don't they have those over there?

  19. Lady Christina says:

    From someone who was saved by Christians On Motorcycles in the jungles of Borneo many years ago after um, misplacing myself, I can appreciate your adventure whole heartedly!

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