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A Norphan

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on Thursday, 19 March 2009 in Uncategorized

"....Tell your ma I’ll bring something for you tomorrow, and you won’t have to scratch so frequently.”
       Liz looked up from her misshapen As and Bs.
     “Got no ma,” she said matter-of-factly.
    “Oh, my! Pity! Well, your pa, then. Tell him.”
    “Got no pa neither.”
    “But—”
    “I be a norphan,” Liz explained.
    A norphan! The princess knew of such people—she had heard stories about them. They frequently appeared in fairy tales. But here was one in person!
    “But where do you live? Who takes care of you?” The princess couldn’t imagine being so small and having no one.
    “Oh,” the little girl explained matter-of-factly, “I stay wif whoever wants me, ‘cause they fink mebbe I can help out. Then, when they don’t want me no more, I go live wif sumbody else.”
    “You must be very forsaken and pathetic,” the princess said sympathetically. “I’m actually quite interested in norphans..."

This is a snippet from a new book---not yet published; won't be published, in fact till next spring---called THE BIRTHDAY BALL, and this (below) is a picture of the little norphan, Liz, in an illustration done by my friend Jules Feiffer.

Liz the orphan

Jules makes such charming drawings look effortless---and maybe they are, for him!  I was delighted when he said he'd illustrate this book of mine---I have always admired his deft touch. He draws FEET and HANDS better than anyone I know.

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Annie Monday, 29 November 1999

Thanks for the tip about Fresh Pond Market! I've been wanting to find a good butcher for a while.

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Jennifer Monday, 29 November 1999

Cool photo! Glad you were able to see Julie and Julia! :)

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Karin T Monday, 29 November 1999

That's funny, Savenor's claimed her too! That is great to know about the Fresh Pond butcher - always looking for great tips like that.

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