Little Ms. Polymath

aka the know-it-all

more independence July 14, 2009

Filed under: life,today in history — mspolymath @ 9:24 am
A little more powder, perhaps?

A little more powder, perhaps?

It’s been 220 years since the original Bastille Day. There’s a lot of hoopla around this simple prison break – after all, they only sprung seven people. Still, Viva La Revolution!

When I was 16 I spent the summer in a little village outside of Tours, France and got to experience the French Bastille celebration firsthand. I remember stumbling around the cobblestone streets of the oldest part of Tours, Medieval steeples and spires jutting into the sky, haloed by fireworks. I know I was tipsy, but the most vivid image is of a little man dressed in drag – as Marie Antoinette, bien sûr. My first real live little person AND drag queen, all rolled into one.  Not to get all symbolic, but I suppose that summer is when my own personal revolution really kicked in – I realized I could go anywhere and do anything. It’s strange how I lose sight of that so often. I consider myself fiercely independent, yet the beacon of possibilities is so often lost in the sludge of the day-to-day. I think as I get older I’ve learned to push aside the glimmer in order to just get shit done, but I’m sort of through with all of that. I’m ready to rebel again.


4 Responses to “more independence”

  1. Annette Says:

    I can help you out with some rebellion tips. I am skilled in this area.

  2. goo Says:

    Always working the rebellion angle. Of course, these aren’t the things we openly talk about!

    I am a Huguenot and we were granted French Citizenship as our right until 1945. There are forces at work to reinstate this right. If it happens, I am moving and I’d like you to dress like a midget Marie-Antoinette and visit me.

    That is all.

  3. PastaQueen Says:

    Awesome pic! And thanks for sponsoring my run. I’ve got your link in the rotation now.

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