with an H?" I asked.
looks like a house with two chimneys that are too tall," she said as she
produced a note pad from her shoulder bag and with her brown hair brushing the
paper, as she bent to her work, fashioned an H. She finished it with some
squiggles of smoke emerging from both chimneys.
Her interest in
yachting is another vague worry. Medora spends her summers on the water. Her
lips are pale from the salt. Her yellow slicker lies discarded on the lawn when
she comes home exhausted; retrieved, it is flung over a shoulder as she heads
for Gardiners Bay the next morning. I keep hoping she'll spend more time on the
tennis court. She can hit a tennis ball with authority, although she seems
slightly hesitant about how the game is scored. Surely that will come. I see
myself, like John McEnroe's father, peering out from under a white tennis hat,
arms folded on the balustrade overlooking some exotic court, in Monte Carlo,
say, and watching Medora move to the net under a high, kicking serve to Pam
Medora was looking
out the plane window. I interrupted her reverie. "When we get to Cambridge,
would you mind if I bought you a Harvard hat?" I asked her. "We're
going to be sitting among a lot of Harvards and there'll be confusion with all
this blue you're wearing."
vaguely. She had some things she wanted to show me from her shoulder bag. She
produced a four-page handwritten "newspaper." "Sherman Reddy and I
are the editors," she told me. The front page dealt with the November
election. CARTER IS DEFEETED the headline read in my daughter's recognizable
penmanship. The subhead announced RAGEN WON THE ELECTION BY FAR. The news story
was brief. It read: "Carter worked very hard but he was defeeted. In 1981
Ragen will be Presedent. Let us hope he is good." Underneath this story was
a poll on whether Ragen would be good. He got one yes and one no—the two
editors apparently being not only the pollsters but also the sole respondents
as well. I asked Medora, who was the only girl in her class to "vote"
for Carter, what was wrong with President Reagan. "He laughs too much. He
thinks everything is funny," she said. The rest of the paper was made up of
"advertisements," most of them for restaurants (Dining out tonight?
Have a fish...). There was one recently added story.
MEDORA TO SEE THE
"It has an e
on the end of it," I said.
She brought out
her pencil to make the correction.