I'm sort of in the process of just working on what is speaking to me at a particular moment. That's very common for me right now. --Bruce Springsteen, January 9th, 2014

Sunday, August 6, 2017

“Daredevil Trapeze Artists”

I do not wish to write a book series. I have far too many names and diverse characters who reside within my crazy never-shuts-down head for just one. Far too many. Plus my God-given talents expand much broader than writing a book series. –-Raelyn
Blogging Friends…. This above quotation was something that I wrote several years ago. I saw it on the very bottom of ‘Minuscule is good!’ yesterday, and I laughed inside. Why? Because I had forgotten all about this vow to myself. And here I am—today—working hard on Fictional Story Number Thirty-Seven…. Which just so happens to be Part Three in my first ‘official’ intentional book series!! Why? Because I fell in love with my characters, Ellington and Elizabeth!! Well…. This will also be—if I can control it—my very last book series!! Why? Because—as I expressed above—I possess a crazy never-shuts-down head!! And to quote Bob Dylan from his song, ‘Maggie’s Farm’…. I got a head full of ideas that are drivin’ me insane…. While writing this particular fictional story? That line reflected exactly
how I’d frequently felt—as several different potential fictional stories simultaneously spoke to me—I got a head full of ideas that are drivin’ me insane…. This is also my second version of 'Daredevil Trapeze Artists', because, apparently, the first version—which was written in longhand—sucked!! Well!! This is what happens when I let Little Miss Perfectionist run amok…. ‘Stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive’, Raelyn
“Daredevil Trapeze Artists”   
Children are a blessing, not burdens. That is exactly what Ellington and his lovely wife, Elizabeth, firmly believe. Now, many, many, many happy, positive, Life-changing events have occurred in their existence since they met during the unlikely circumstances of when she served as a police detective—who found his late first love, Lucia’s corpse—drowned in Rocky River’s scenic, yet freezing cold rushing waters. Lucia had committed suicide there over twenty years ago.
Since then, Ellington and Elizabeth got married at Three Wooden Crosses Church!! It was there where they became born-again Christians!! Elizabeth resigned from her career as a police detective. Together, they have created twelve beautiful children—who rage from age twenty-two to two years old—Eleanor-Lucia, Ellis, Eliora, Eldridge, Eleena, Eldon, Electra, Elliot, Ellen, Elmo, plus fraternal twins, Elvis and Elvira!! Elizabeth has obviously had her hands plenty full as their ‘non-working’ homeschooling Mother and Ellington’s wife!!
“Mom, Dad,” said Eleanor-Lucia—age twenty-two—one day during a visit to Ellington and Elizabeth’s house, “Everybody…. I have met somebody!! I think I’m in love!!”
Really?!” said Elizabeth, “Oh, Eleanor-Lucia!!”
“What is his name?” asked Ellington.
Zimmerman,” answered Eleanor-Lucia.
She smiled.
“But I call him ‘Zimmy’!!” said Eleanor-Lucia.
What?!” Ellen—age six—said matter-of-factly, “‘Zimmerman’?! You mean his name does not start with an ‘El’ like the rest of our family?!”
Nope!!” said Eleanor-Lucia, “Zimmy and I are going to break the mold with our relationship!!”
“That is stupid!!” protested Ellen in a bossy fashion, “Why would you want to ‘break the mold’?”
“Be nice, Ellen!!” said Elizabeth.
“Is your relationship with Zimmerman as serious as you are making it sound, Eleanor-Lucia?” asked Ellington.
Yes!!” said Eleanor-Lucia, “Zimmy and I are absolutely inseparable!! We’re together every single day!!”
“That is so sweet!!” Eleena—age fourteen—who is Ellington’s and Elizabeth’s young, Hallmark film-watching, love story-reading romantic of a daughter, “How did you two meet? Tell us!! I want to know!!”
“We met at church!!” said Eleanor-Lucia, “You may—or may not—have seen him there, Mom and Dad!! But, who knows, because Three Wooden Crosses is a huge congregation with practically hundreds of people!!”
“What does Zimmerman look like?” asked Elizabeth, “Describe him, Eleanor-Lucia and maybe—just maybe—I will be able to picture the guy in my head!!”
“Zimmy has curly brunette hair and distinctive beautiful blue eyes!!” gushed Eleanor-Lucia.
Wow!!” exclaimed Eliora—age eighteen—who is a practical thinker, “Zimmerman has brunette hair and blue eyes?! That is seemingly unusual!! Brunette-haired people normally—but not always, obviously—have brown eyes!!”
“I know!!” said Eleanor-Lucia.
Elizabeth shook her head in bewilderment.
“No, I haven’t a clue who Zimmerman is!!” said Elizabeth.
Neither do I!!” said Ellington.
“Let Eleanor-Lucia finish the story!!” said Ellen.
Yeah!!” agreed Eleena, “Eleanor-Lucia has not even gotten to the romantic part, yet!!”
Eleanor-Lucia laughed.
“Anyway, I was talking to my best girlfriend, Lorraine, on Wednesday night, when she said something absolutely hilarious,” continued Eleanor-Lucia, “So I laughed out loud!! And then Zimmy said that he immediately thought, Who is that? Where did her laugh come from? Ah, she is ‘the one’!! And….”
Eleanor-Lucia smiled.
“'The rest is history', as they say!!” Eleanor-Lucia finished.
Awwww….” sighed Eleena, “Are you and Zimmerman going to get married?!”
“I hope so,” said Eleanor-Lucia, with a smile written on her face, “Someday…. But Zimmy has not even asked me to marry him yet!! We are still in our dating season of Life!!”
“If you and Zimmerman get married, then you’ll leave our family….” whined Elliot—age eight—who is a sensitive soul.
“Do not get ahead of yourself, Elliot!!” Eliora chimed in, “Like Eleanor-Lucia said, Zimmerman hasn’t even proposed to her yet!!”
“And I do not even live here anymore, remember Elliot?” Eleanor-Lucia gently said, “I am trying to live my own independent Life as an adult!! But I still visit you all frequently…. Right, Elliot? I am here today… Right, Elliot?”
Yeah….” said Elliot.
“Well, that will not change when Zimmy asks me to marry him, alright, Elliot?” said Eleanor-Lucia.
“Do you promise, Eleanor-Lucia?” asked Elliot.
She smiled reassuringly.
“I promise!!” said Eleanor-Lucia.
“Is this Zimmerman guy a nice man?” asked Electra—age ten—who is cautious, “We do not even know him!! Does he like big families? Because we definitely have one!! Does he like kids? Oh, what if Zimmerman hates us?!”
“Zimmy is a nice guy!!” gushed Eleanor-Lucia, “He’s wonderful, he’s humble, he’s kind!! Do not worry…. Zimmy serves in Three Wooden Crosses Church’s kindergarten Sunday school class every single week…. He is great with kids!! And his classroom has, like, fifteen or twenty children…. That is obviously way more than this family’s clan!! Zimmy will absolutely love you all!! I promise!!”
“Do you and Zimmerman kiss each other?” Elmo—age four—said in a childish, immature fashion, “Ewwww!! You can catch cooties from Zimmerman!!”
“Wait. What?!” said Elizabeth, with surprise and shock in his voice, “Where did you hear the word ‘cooties’, Elmo?”
“From me!!” Eldridge—age twelve—confessed matter-of-factly, “Because I say that girls have cooties all the time!!”
“So do boys!!” teased Eleanor-Lucia with a cockeyed smirk written on her face, “That is why Zimmy and I have decided to wait until marriage before we kiss each other!! Why? Because you cannot catch cooties from your husband or wife!!”
Everybody laughed at Eleanor-Lucia’s witty sense of humor.
“I think that saving your very first kiss for marriage is so romantic, Eleanor-Lucia!!” sighed Eleena, “I mean…. Because nobody does that anymore!! Not in books, not in movies, not even in real Life!!”
“I know!!” agreed Eleanor-Lucia with a smile written on her face, “Which is exactly why Zimmy and I are waiting until marriage for our first kiss!!”
Eleanor-Lucia smiled a cockeyed smirk at Ellen.
“Zimmy and I are going to break the mold and exempt all of society’s clichés if possible!!” said Eleanor-Lucia.
Alright!!” exclaimed Elizabeth on a whim, “We have now all heard an awful lot about Zimmerman!! Would he like to meet our big, crazy, insane, wild, rambunctious, yet beautiful family?”
Yes!!” replied Eleanor-Lucia, “Zimmy would absolutely love to meet this clan!!”
“Wait. What?!” said Eliora, “You do not even need to text or call Zimmerman and ask his permission first, Eleanor-Lucia?”
Nope!!” said Eleanor-Lucia, “Zimmy and I have talked about him meeting this clan!! I’ve told Zimmy all about you!! Besides, Zimmy goes with the flow real well!!”
Good!!” said Eldridge—age sixteen—who is sarcastic, “You know what that means, right, everybody? Zimmerman will fit perfectly into this clan!! Because what is our longstanding family motto?”
Go with the flow!!” said everyone in unison, except for twins Elvis and Elvira—age two—because they are bashful.
“Can Zimmerman come over here—at our house—this upcoming Saturday evening for dinner and dessert, Eleanor-Lucia?” asked Elizabeth, “You do not need to bring anything!!”
“Just Zimmerman!!” said Eleena, with a grin written on her face.
“Yes, yes….” said Elizabeth, “I will cook and bake everything!!”
“And I’ll help you, Mom!!” volunteered Eliora, “Because you cannot possibly cook and bake a huge meal for fifteen people without some extra hands!! I will drive here early from my house!!”
“I’ll help you cook and bake, as well, Mom!!” offered Eleena.
Me too!!” said Electra.
I cannot cook or bake, Mom!!” said Ellen, “Because somebody needs to teach me how!! But I will set the table!!”
Thank-you, girls!!” said Elizabeth, “I will appreciate that!! See, Eleanor-Lucia? I have a lot of help!!”
Alright!!” said Eleanor-Lucia, “Zimmy and I will arrive here at 5:00!! No earlier, no later!! Is that time alright for you, Mom and Dad?”
Yes!!” said Ellington.
“I am so glad that you and Zimmerman can come on Saturday!!” exclaimed Elizabeth, “We all look forward to meeting him!!”
“I have a valid question!!” said Eliora, “Does Zimmerman have any food allergies or issues that we should know about? Is he vegan, gluten-free, or a vegetarian?”
That is my practical Eliora!!” said Elizabeth, with a smile written on her face, “You always think of everything!!”
“No, Zimmy does not have any food allergies or issues!!” said Eleanor-Lucia, “He isn’t even on a diet!! Thanks for asking, Eliora!! Just cook and bake whatever you want, Mom!!”
“But Saturday is pizza night!!” said Ellen, “Remember, Eleanor-Lucia? Mom always bakes cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian and cowboy pizza on Saturdays!!”
“That’s right!!” exclaimed Eleanor-Lucia, “I miss Mom’s Saturday night pizza now that I’m no longer living here!!”
“Then why did you move away, Eleanor-Lucia?” said Ellen, “Huh? Why? I do not blame you for missing Mom’s homemade pizza!! I would too!! Make pizza on Saturday evening, Mom!!”
So that is exactly what Elizabeth—and the girls—did!! They made steaming hot pizzas, creamy Caesar salad and buttery garlic/cheese bread!! For beverages, Elizabeth offered water, strawberry lemonade, and soda pop!! Ellington also made coffee!! For dessert, Elizabeth—and the girls—baked homemade blonde brownies!! Eldridge—who recently obtained his driver’s licence—drove Ellington’s ‘old’ 1970’s baby blue-painted Ford pickup truck {which once belonged to Lucia, Ellington’s first love} toward their nearby grocery store for vanilla ice cream!! Just like she promised, Ellen set the table…. With plates, silverware, napkins, glasses and mugs!! Now it was time for everybody to meet Zimmerman!!
Wow, you really outdid yourself with tonight’s dinner, Mom!!” exclaimed Eleanor-Lucia.
“I absolutely agree!!” said Zimmerman, his crystal blue eyes sparkling, “Pizza. Caesar salad. Strawberry lemonade…. It feels like we are eating out at Serito Con Amore Italian restaurant, or something!!”
Thank-you!!” Elizabeth humbly said.
“Mom wanted to make a good first impression with Zimmerman!!” said Eleena.
“Of course she did!!” said Eldon—age twelve—who is a smart aleck, “Doesn’t Mom always like to make good first impressions with people? Well? Doesn’t she?”
I’ll say!!” said Zimmerman, “You certainly are making a good first impression, Elizabeth!!”
Thank-you!!” Elizabeth humbly said, “But Eliora, Eleena, Electra, Ellen, Eldridge and Ellington all helped me!!”
“What do you do, Zimmerman?” asked Ellington, “I mean…. Do you work or have a career or have a job?”
“I absolutely hate that question!!” protested Ellis—age twenty—who is an aspiring writer, “‘What do you do?’ I don’t currently have a career, or a job. Well, other than volunteering at Sir Barks A Lot Dog Shelter part time…. You know what….? Sometimes…. I feel lost and without any purpose in Life…. Sometimes…. It feels like I don’t do anything with my Life…. Sometimes…. I feel like a complete failure whose Life will never, ever amount to anything….”
He blinked back vulnerable, insecure, wet, hot tears.
“But, Ellis, you are a writer!!” encouraged Eleanor-Lucia, “I have read your fictional stories…. They are brilliant!! Someday—in the near foreseeable future—you’ll even be an author!! Your books will be published…. Even sold in places like Barnes & Noble!! That definitely counts as doing something with your Life in my book…. Ha!! No pun intended!!”
Everybody laughed at Eleanor-Lucia’s witty sense of humor.
“Do you write, Ellis?” asked Zimmerman.
“Yes, every single day….!!” answered Ellis, “I have written children’s stories.... Dramas.... Love stories.... Dark tragedies.... Comedies.... Feel-good stories.... Even poetry…. I do not exactly have any ‘genre’ that my fictional stories fall under, I just write whatever I’m in the mood to create….!! As a rebellious artist, I absolutely hate that word…. ‘Genre’…. It feels so limiting to my God-given gifts, talents and abilities….!! Why do you ask, Zimmerman….?”
“Because Bob Dylan once wrote…. A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.’,” said Zimmerman, “So, Ellis.... My question is ‘do you live out this Dylan quotation’?”
Yes….” said Ellis, “I guess I am living out that Dylan quotation….!! Even though my dreams, aspirations and ambitions of being a published author isn’t happening….”
Not yet!!” said Zimmerman, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever stop writing, Ellis!!”
“Oh….” Ellis vehemently said, “I can never stop writing, Zimmerman…. Even if I do not become a published author!! Because writing…. Is the heart that beats a steady rhythmic beat within my chest!! Writing…. Is the blood that pulses through my veins!! Without it, I would be dead!! To me, writing is the best form of therapy!! It's healing in every single way!! Writing is the superglue that holds me together both emotionally and mentally!! Because, writing.... Helps keep me sane!! Writing…. Is my heart and soul!!”
Good!!” said Zimmerman, “I am glad that you are passionate about writing, Ellis!!
Zimmerman looked at Ellington.
“To answer your question,” he said, “I am currently attending college. I want to be a doctor!!”
“In what?” said Elizabeth, “Psychology? Counseling? Therapy? You are very profound, introspective and wise, Zimmerman!!”
“No….” said Zimmerman, with a smile written on his face, “But thank-you, Elizabeth. I am attending medical school to become a primary care physician!!”
Wow!!” exclaimed Ellington, “That is an admirable career choice, Zimmerman!! Not to mention, it’s quite the long-term commitment!! And very expensive!! Are you working to pay off college expenses? Or is your Mom and Dad doing it?”
“No, my parents don’t have very much money,” replied Zimmerman, “Dad delivers morning newspapers and Mom works as a secretary. So.... I am currently working twain jobs to pay for college!!”
“Wait. What?!” exclaimed Eliora, “Zimmerman, you work two jobs, attend college, serve in Three Wooden Crosses’ kindergarten Sunday school class every single week…. And yet…. You still somehow manage to spend time with Eleanor-Lucia on a daily basis? Yikes!! Do you even sleep?!”
Zimmerman laughed.
No!!” he said, "I do not!!"
“Zimmy is my Superman!!” gushed Eleanor-Lucia, “He flies through Life and somehow manages to do it all!! The only thing that can actually defeat Zimmy is Kryptonite!!”
Everybody laughed at Eleanor-Lucia’s witty sense of humor.
“Do you take Eleanor-Lucia out on romantic dates, Zimmerman?” asked Eleena.
Yes!!” answered Zimmerman, “I have taken Ells-Bells ballroom dancing, out to dinner, we’ve walked along the beach together….!!”
Awwww….” sighed Eleena.
“Well, duh!!” said Eldridge, “What guy doesn’t take his girlfriend out on romantic dates?”
“Your Dad didn’t!!” said Elizabeth, with a smile written on her face, “He took me out on wild, dangerous, adventurous dates!!”
“That was because we were both skydiving, lion-petting, bungee-jumping daredevils!!” said Ellington.
“But not anymore!!” said Elizabeth, with a contented smile written on her face, “We aren’t leaping off of waterfalls now, huh, Ellington?”
“And why not?!” said Ellen, “You should still be skydiving or bungee-jumping!! Besides, I want to pet a lion!!”
Why?”said Electra, “Do you want to be mauled by one and die a bloody death?! No, thank-you!! That place was not Daniel in the lion’s den!!”
Electra!!” scolded Elizabeth, “Ssshhh!! You will frighten your younger siblings!! Or me!!”
“But why aren’t you daredevils anymore?” pressed Ellen, “Come on, Mom!! Tell me why not!!”
“Who says your Dad and I aren’t daredevils anymore?” said Elizabeth as she sat while holding a clingy Elvis on one leg and a clingy Elvira on the other, “We have twelve children under the age of three…. Right? I say that your Dad and I are trapeze artists!!”
Everybody laughed at Elizabeth’s witty sense of humor.
Now, your Dad and I obviously possess a huge responsibility as parents!!” continued Elizabeth.
She smiled a contented smile
“You know what?” said Elizabeth, “I used to serve as a police detective. But not anymore, because I ‘retired’!! Now, I am ‘sacrificing myself’—if you will—for family, not a community!!”
“Wait. What?!” exclaimed Elmo, “You were a cop, Mom?! Really?! That is so cool!!”
Elizabeth smiled.
“And I have absolute zero regrets about our decision to be daredevil trapeze artists as your Mom and Dad!!” said Elizabeth, “Because I love you!! I do mean that!! I love being a Mother!!

Sometimes…. When you are truly in love, it does not take very long to realize that he or she is ‘the one’. Six short months later, Eleanor-Lucia and Zimmerman were married at Rocky River by Pastor David from Three Wooden Crosses Church!! Yes, where Ellington’s first love, Lucia, committed suicide. Yes, where Eleanor-Lucia’s Mom and Dad were engaged!! It was a small intimate wedding shared with only close family…. Eleven of whom were Eleanor-Lucia’s siblings!! Eliora, Eleena, Electra and Eleanor-Lucia’s best girlfriend, Lorraine, served as bridesmaids!! In their hands, they carried bouquets of friendly-looking daisies!! Ellis, Eldridge, Eldon and Elliot served as groomsmen!! Ellen was their flower girl and she tossed daisies in the makeshift aisle!! Elmo served as the ring bearer!! Shy, overwhelmed, timid Elvis and Elvira cuddled up on Elizabeth’s lap!! An emotional, teary, proud Ellington walked Eleanor-Lucia down the aisle toward Zimmerman!! And they each vowed…. ‘To love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, until death do {them} apart!!’
Three months after that, Ellington and Elizabeth gave birth to a baby boy named Elston—their precious surprise—who is Beautifully Unique and has Down syndrome!! Yes, yes, Elston made baby number thirteen!! Also—just as Eleanor-Lucia and Zimmerman said he would—Ellis became a published author….
--The End--


  1. The end is awesome, Raelyn.

    Baker's dozen - and nothing was so sweet as the extra Gummi Bear on the pink doughnut with jangles.

    1. Adelaide….
      Thank-you for the comment, Friend!!
      ‘The end is awesome.’ Thanks!! I am glad that you liked it!! Yes, Ellington and Elizabeth did have a baker’s dozen of children!! I love it!! That is pretty ‘wild, dangerous and adventurous’, huh?! The best part about Elston is that he was a precious surprise in every single sense of those twain words…. Even to me!! Because…. Just when I thought this story was over, I decided—on a whim—to give Ellington and Elizabeth another baby!! Surprise!! ;-D
      ‘Nothing was so sweet as the extra Gummi Bear on the pink doughnut with jangles.’ What does that mean, Friend? You are too smart for me!! Does it mean that Ellington and Elizabeth were blessed with a Beautifully Unique baby boy who has an extra chromosome? You know…. ‘The extra Gummi Bear on the pink doughnut with jangles’? As in…. Ellington and Elizabeth were ‘the chosen few’? Explain!! ;)

  2. PS. ‘The chosen few’?! Whoops.... I meant to write 'the LUCKY few'!! Somebody needs some chocolate!! Or coffee, which I do not drink.... Oh well, I actually like 'the chosen few' when it comes to families being blessed with babies who have Down syndrome better, anyway!! ;)

    1. "We the lucky few" does have significance in literature; military stuff and in government/public service.

      "Chosen few" would be more religious especially in a Judea-Christian context.

      And, yes, it really is *few*. Especially in countries like France and Denmark.

      One of my favourite plays is FREEDOM OF THE CITY by the late, great Brian Friel. One of the protagonists is Lily - she has 10 children. When I spoke about it in a seminar in October 2001 - I made sure to say that Declan was the beating heart of the reasons Lily fights. I wanted to make Declan visible - because there were a lot of academically inclined people in that room and we were preparing for our examinations.

      First of all THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY is about terror in Londonderry in the 1970s and coloured by Bloody Sunday.

      Yes, a precious surprise Elston is.

      And on a second or a third reading the dialogue of the other children come through.

      Again - in a play you make each character speak and you are sensitive to the dynamics. Especially a family group or another group. You flesh the characters as individuals.

      As for the jangle and the doughnut - a relative works in a doughnut shop. There are many doughnuts. I happened to choose as half a dozen a doughnut of that variety. I tend to like the glaced doughnuts with the jangles - in many countries the jimmies/sprinkles have names.

      It's like New York/LA pizza and how it is different from Italian pizza. And how Australians have invented / developed ham and pineapple pizza for the local conditions.

      I tend to be very purposeful about new babies when I write. This became even more important when I would play the Sims 2 and 3 around 2009-14 before the fourth Sims came out.

    2. Adelaide….
      Thank-you for the reply, Friend!!
      ‘The Lucky Few’ is a phrase amongst Online Down syndrome communities. Believe it or not…. It is actually a hashtag!! { #theluckyfew }!! Instagram, Blogs, Twitter…. If you were blessed with a child who has Down syndrome, then you’re ‘The Lucky Few’!! It is also a book written by Heather Avis…. Which I have not read…. Titled ‘The Lucky Few’!! However. I still like ‘The CHOSEN Few’ better!! Because families—such as Ellington and Elizabeth—who were blessed with a child who has Down syndrome were, in fact, CHOSEN…. By God!! I know that our family most certainly was chosen with my brother, Michael!! ;)
      ‘Chosen few would be more religious especially in a Judea-Christian context.’ Well, I am a church attending, Bible-learned, Christian…. Who also just so happens to know an awful lot about Judaism!! ;-D
      ‘Yes, a precious surprise Elston is.’ Exactly!! ;)
      ‘As for the jangle and the doughnut - a relative works in a doughnut shop. There are many doughnuts. I happened to choose as half a dozen a doughnut of that variety. I tend to like the glaced doughnuts with the jangles - in many countries the jimmies/sprinkles have names.’ Way to tempt this girl’s sweet tooth…. Now I want a doughnut!! Ha!! ;-D