So, there we were, me and the Evil Princess in a hotel room in Montgomery, Alabama last week getting ready to teach a class.
Recent cataract surgery has sharpened my vision. Looking in the mirror, I muttered “Damn, I’m old and ugly.”
“Aw,” she purred back, “you’re not ugly…”
“Hey. Hey! Hey!” I replied. “Being cruel to the elderly is a hate crime, ya know!”
“It isn’t cruel if it’s the truth,” she said sweetly.
“The truth sometimes is cruel,” I grumbled back.
She smiled her irresistible Sissy Spacek smile and retorted, “So I’m guilty of…”
Gotta admit, though, it’s the first time I’ve been present at the birth of a new word.