Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dear Quasimodo

Dear Quasimodo,

It's me, of course. Who else do you know who does things as old fashioned as writing a letter? But I thought that you might welcome one, and besides, even if I were standing right in front of you, you wouldn't hear a word I say, now would you dear? I say that in every sense of the phrase, and in the most loving way. 

I wish I could be there when some stuffy Abbott or whoever hands you this, with the scripty-girly handwriting on it. Let's give them something to talk about! I know you'd like that song...it breaks my heart that you can't hear music, apart from your beloved bells. But never mind. How are the bells?!? I'm telling you, Q, if everyone had something they loved and love to do, as you do, the world would be a better place. And a lot louder, yikes! When you swing on the bell ropes, your face lights right up, did you know that? You are truly a man in his element. It's a beautiful thing.

So, tell me...what about this Gypsy girl you have been telling me about? Esmeralda, that's a pretty name, and to hear you tell it, she's all that and a bag of fireworks. Have you talked to her? Or are you just worshiping her from afar? I'm glad that you are feeling these things for someone. I am. But I fret about you, too, dear heart.

There are no secrets between us. I am your friend. Wild horses couldn't change that. And so, Mr. Bell Ringer Sir, will you forgive me if I say a few things? Do you promise not to be angry, or sulk, or think that I don't care for you? You can be a pistol, sometimes. Don't bother to deny! See now, how well I know you? 

I know, of course, about how you were left on the cathedral stairs as an infant. It is a terrible thing, a haunting thing, to believe that one was not wanted. Oh, Q, how often have I wished that I could just somehow reach inside of you and fix that. You do bring out the Mother Hen in me. And, too, I know that you believe you are ugly. Q! If you could see yourself with my eyes, you would know beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are not. Will you believe me? I have never lied to you, have I? You are not ugly. Would I hang out with you, and write you letters all the way from America, if you were ugly? I think not!

Think about this, please: who has God chosen to be closest to Him, up in the magnificent bell tower of the most glorious cathedral in the world? You, Magoo! Who sees to it that His voice never goes silent? Again, you my dear. And as I have already said, the joy you bring to what you do, is the most beautiful devotion He could ever receive. He knows that. He sees. He loves you, sugar pea. Me, too.

That is why I am concerned about this Gypsy beauty of yours. I hate to give away trade secrets, but I have to break it to you...not all girls are as fabulous as your faithful letter writer here. Yes, true. She doesn't know you the way that I do. She may be all about a handsome face and a noble white steed. What I'm saying, Q, is that I don't want you to be hurt. Would it be all right if I follow behind at twenty paces, just to make sure this gal is on the up and up? I'm teasing now, but in a way, I really wish I could.

You see, dear Q, I know how you are. Just the way you love your bells with your whole beautiful, faithful, glorious, simple heart, you'll do the same with this girl, whether she has earned that kind of love or not. All I'm saying is, don't get carried away with your bad self, dude. Take it slow. See what she's about. If she is as wonderful as you think she is, she'll see what I see. And if she doesn't, then...well, you'll still have me. You'll always have me. 


xox


Sally


20 comments:

Mama Zen said...

This is so sweet!

Kay L. Davies said...

A truly delightful epistle from a loving friend, full of concern and good advice and a hint of Mama Bear. I like that.
And as for the voice of Percy Sledge, it can cause goosebumps sometimes!
A great post, Fireblossom!

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

hedgewitch said...

Why do I get the feeling this is bound to end in tears---for all concerned?

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so loved reading this.......I swear, you continue to surprise me. When I saw the prompt, Quasimodo is the LAST entity I would have thought of - but you have written such a loving epistle of concern to him. You rock, kiddo.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. this was a warm and pleasant surprise..well not really a surprise but i love it...

HermanTurnip said...

This was awesome! Especially loved the "You, Magoo!" sentiment. Heh...

Kerry O'Connor said...

Such a letter! Filled with the mirth and goodwill of the writer and cleverly revealing the personality of the receiver too, in the best of dramatic monologue style.
Thank you for taking part in this challenge.

Cloudia said...

don't have words to express why this is more than cool



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Jinksy said...

Let's hear it for Q! ♥

mac said...

He should know, the gargoyle will hurt him less than the gypsy goyl will :-P

Lynn said...

Perfect song to go along with that lovely letter.

Daryl said...

how charming .. good for you, Sally, for letting Q know who cares

TALON said...

I agree with Daryl - charming, Shay.

The song choice was perfect.

Amish Stories said...

I'm just stopping by different type of blogs and thought id say hello folks. So greetings from an Amish community in Pennsylvania, and wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year. Richard from Amish Stories

Mary Ann Potter said...

"Scripty-girly" and "you, Magoo" are just two of my favorite phrases from this. An air of sweetness here. What a creative presentation with that video, too!

Lolamouse said...

Everyone should have a good friend like you to watch out for him!

Mary said...

So much here between the lines, but I really get the picture of both writer and receiver here. Plus I admire someone who can write from the point of view of a Classic character. I am late with my entry, so I will share my link here hoping you will visit:

Stunning work! The letter makes me feel SO warm on this chilly winter night.

As I am late accepting this challenge, I am going to share my link here, hoping you'll visit:

http://inthecornerofmyeye.blogspot.com/2011/12/letter-from-mary-to-god.html

Heaven said...

I love the way you love Q, his simple and devoted ways got me. Nice mention of the bells and his sad journey but you portrayed his big heart...enjoyed this ~

Doctor FTSE said...

Excellent writing and the video makes a great presentation. Inspired to think of a "stranger" writing to poor, tormented Quasimodo.

myheartslovesongs said...

only you could have written this, Shay! unique, original, sweet, charming, frightening {for Q's heart} and magical! love it!!!