Saturday, December 11, 2010

Where Did I Come From, Kate?



Dear Kate,

We want to know where we came from. And no, we’re not asking for a lesson on the birds and the bees.

Signed,

Abby, Marco, Lottie, Grace, Maureen, Jillian, Tara


Well, gang, here’s the thing. Each of you came from a story in my head. You’re not based on any living persons, although I have seen people who reminded me of some of you.

Take Abby’s able assistant Lottie, for instance. A few years back, my family and I were eating at an Italian restaurant in Chicago when our waitress bustled up and smiled a big hello. My eyes got wide when I realized this woman was Lottie! She was big boned, had a hearty laugh, a full-throated voice, and a Kentucky accent. I glanced around the table and saw that my daughters were thinking the same thing. We mentioned this resemblance to the waitress. She gave me a look that said, Um, okaaaaaaay. Whatever.

Then there’s Tara, Abby’s niece, a miniature version of Abby. When I first tuned in to “Castle” on TV, I saw Richard Castle’s daughter and drew in my breath. Tara! Granted, this actress is a bit older and more sophisticated, but she has that same fresh-faced innocence, spunky attitude, and red hair.

Then we have the ever-sexy Marco, who sprang fully-developed from my imagination, a composite of the guy every woman wants for herself. Hubba-hubba! Sadly, I’ve spotted only a few Marcos, but not in this country. One was in Greece, one in Italy. I’m still waiting for one to appear here. There are a few actors who come close to the hunk I imagine, but I won’t say who. Better to let you imagine your own Marco.

As for the rest of the gang, I haven’t seen any doubles yet. But I’m sure they are out there. Somewhere is an elegant 60 something Brit loaded with common sense. Somewhere is a wacky schoolteacher/artist mother who sincerely believes her odd works of art will help Abby’s profits at Bloomers. Somewhere is a tall, willowy, vain, copper-headed Jillian, Abby’s cousin and thorn-in-her-side. And let’s not forget Sgt. Reilly, a nice-looking, tall but not thin, brown-haired, average-looking guy, the cop you’d want responding to your call.

If you’ve seen anyone matching their descriptions, let me know. The gang will be watching.

6 comments:

  1. I've seen some of my characters, too. It's always surprising. I thought I made them up! I'll watch for yours, Kate.

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  2. It's funny to discover our characters--in the flesh!! I've had the same thing happen, I ran into someone I swear was Vera Mae from WYME. She even said, "Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit." Now, really, apart from Vera Mae, who else would say that? Great post!

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  3. I do like that sometimes I see a person that reminds me of a character I've read in a book.

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  4. Is Abby totally fictional. I thought for certain part of her would be someone you know or perhaps even yourself.

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  5. I definitely agree that the daughter on Castle is a perfect Tara....both lovely in my eyes!! I was going to say in my book...but alas I don't have a book!!

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  6. I used to work with someone like Lottie.
    I just wonder how much of you, Kate, is in some of those characters that have some things in common with your life and career. Hmmm.

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