Before there were blogs there was Ladies Home Journal, where witty lady writers published witty little essays about their domestic troubles. Today's assignment, The Snake has all the Lines, by Jean Kerr brings to mind many of the blogs I read. Who among us knew that when we set out to document our lives in the latest high tech medium, we were emulating the style of a woman of our grandmother's generation?
Jean Kerr was a mid-century playwright and humorist whose book Please don't Eat the Daisies was made into a Doris Day movie. The Snake has all the Lines is a collection of funny little essays, mainly about middle class married life. Yes, it's dated, but some of these essays are strong enough to transcend the time and style barrier. My favorite is "When I was Queen of the May" in which she recounts a particularly mortifying May Crowning ceremony. I'm Catholic and a graduate of traditional Catholic schools that celebrated May Crowning and I had a mother who refused to cooperate with the edicts of the nuns, so this story really appealed to me, but I'm pretty sure that non-Catholics would find it funny as well.
This is one of those books that takes little time to read and doesn't tax the brain. Sometimes we need that.