I’ve got a terribly frightening story to tell you about Aug. 13. My sister was born on that day. Gasp.
Quake in fear.
Nearly 40 years ago, Melissa Catherine Morris turned my idyllic life into an unpleasant mess. Let’s not get into details, but it’s been a living nightmare.
You might have your own story about how a sibling turned your life into a carnival of doom, but I don’t want to hear it unless it took place on Friday the 13th.
The calendar taped to my computer and an e-mail from my editor tell me that Friday the 13th is approaching.
We’ve been wondering what experiences you might have had on the day. Your story doesn’t have to be as nerve-shattering as mine.
Here’s what the boss said: “It’s just whatever makes Friday the 13th memorable to them. It could be good or bad.”
If you’ve got something you’d like to share with the group, you’ll find my e-mail and phone number at the bottom of this column.
Before we move on, I must confess that I exaggerated about my sister, who’s now known as Melissa Greene.
I’m not sure she was born on a Friday. Given the nature of the experience, I just assumed.
There’s been blood in the water all week, folks.
The remote control keeps landing on the Discovery Channel, which makes sense because it’s “Shark Week.”
I’ve seen great white sharks burst out of turbulent seas to catch helpless seals off the coast of South Africa.
I’ve seen a world-famous shark fisherman who’s learned to regret the slaughter.
And I can’t tell you how many attacks on humans have been reenacted, complete with red food coloring in the water.
This is all fine and wonderful stuff, and it got me to thinking: Why stop with sharks?
How about “Skunk Week?”
Or “Otter Week?”
Or “Danny DeVito Week?” He’s certainly due.
There are lots of weeks out there, and even more television channels.
If they start assigning weeks to everything under the sun, eventually you and I might get one.
Someday, a TV near you could feature “Mighty Daily Journal Reader Week,” followed by “Mighty Daily Journal Writer Week,” followed by “What Were We Thinking? Week.”
Here’s something else to consider if you’re ever in charge of programming at a TV network: “Friday the 13th Week” followed by “Siblings Who Write Bad and Untrue Things About Their Siblings and Should be Ashamed of Themselves Week.”
What can I say?
We’re lucky today’s Saturday
– “If you hear anything new on a Friday, it gives you another wrinkle on your face, and adds a year to your age.” – Anonymous.
M. Scott Morris is a Daily Journal entertainment writer. Contact him at (662) 678-1589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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