book clubs – and the UPS Man
Joyce Maynard’s thoughts about book clubs:
What I love about book clubs is the way they get us past the small talk and open up discussion about the things that matter most in life. A good book has a way of raising as many questions as it answers. A good book club is a place to go to share them. Which is just what a person like me longs for, in a life where sometimes days may go by during which I hardly get to see another human being, and the only voices I may hear come through the telephone, or from my characters on the pages I write. Those, and that of the UPS man.
you bring me all the things I order
are never in a bad mood
always have a jaunty wave as you drive away
look good in your brown shorts
we have an ideal uncomplicated relationship
you’re like a cute boyfriend with great legs
who always brings the perfect present
(why, it’s just what I’ve always wanted!)
and then is considerate enough to go away
oh, UPS Man, let’s hop in your clean brown truck and elope !
ditch your job, I’ll ditch mine
let’s hit the road for Brownsville
and tempt each other
with all the luscious brown foods —
roast beef, dark chocolate,
brownies, Guinness, homemade pumpernickel, molasses cookies
I’ll make you my mama’s bourbon pecan pie
we’ll give all the packages to kind looking strangers
live in a cozy wood cabin
with a brown dog or two
and a black and brown tabby
I’m serious, UPS Man. Let’s do it.
Where do I sign?