A Hugely Important Memo to Mrs. Gilson’s Day Nursery School Staff

Secretaries must wear stockings in flesh tones that please a gentleman of wealth. Ladies will dress in leather pantsuits, accessorized with inner-thigh holsters. Men will carry an assault rifle and their gods-given handgun (one for teaching, one for fun).

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the wee notes…
– I was enjoying My Crowd: The Original Addams Family and Other Ghoulish Creatures, in an effort to convince my brain that all the changes in the weather aren’t hell on our sexy flesh and bones, when I ran into the cartoon above, and thought, Unholy crap clowns riding a sickly orange Segway! Charles Addams could draw the damned future. Then, this slightly disturbing haibun was born.
– linked to Hedgewitch’s Friday 55 and Poets United.

63 thoughts on “A Hugely Important Memo to Mrs. Gilson’s Day Nursery School Staff

  1. Ha! The old jokes are the best jokes, especially when paraphrased into a new sur-reality. Your satire comes all too near that dark precipice certain people seem hellbent on avoiding called the Truth. The cartoon is perfect, a foil for your even sharper needle into the (orange-ish) voodoo doll of our times; and every time I hear the phrase ‘harden our schools,’ as if they were some sort of French Foreign Legion outposts, I will think of this, and all its snarky turns of phrase. Thank you so much for adding to the kickass-ness of the weekend, dear Magaly. I can’t help feeling that fire can only get so hot, and soon this heaving, seething pot of foul mess will boil over and scorch the cook–but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

    • “I can’t help feeling that fire can only get so hot, and soon this heaving, seething pot of foul mess will boil over and scorch the cook–but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.”

      I’m repeating this because it is worth reading again, and again, and again… until it boils true.

    • And again…

      “I can’t help feeling that fire can only get so hot, and soon this heaving, seething pot of foul mess will boil over and scorch the cook–but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.”

      Just in case repetition brings it sooner.

  2. I don’t know Magalay I can see both sides of near any argument, but this one of having guns in the classroom is a non-starter for me. If the 2nd amendment was more concerned with hunting for meat as opposed to being able to stand up to hostile governments banning semi-autos would make sense.

    I do own guns, both semi-auto and center fire single action. I do enjoy both, not as a God given right or even a constitutional one, but rather I find it amusing that a one eyed man can out shoot so many of my two eyes contemporaries.

    • I’m with you, in so much of this. I chose my MOS in the Marine Corps because I’ve always seen firearms as lethal works of art. They are beautiful and effective. They have their place… school-ground (in the hands of teachers!) is not one of them.

  3. “Men will carry an assault rifle and their gods-given handgun (one for teaching, one for fun).” Imagine this kind of world! Oh wait, it’s the one we’re suppose to live in. Satire at its best. Brilliant, Maga.

  4. Such a timely haibun, gorgeous! I heard about the teacher who accidentally discharged a firearm while teaching a public safety class, injuring a student (and offering no explanation.. was he even sorry I wonder!)

  5. Wonderful satire of this wonderful world in which we live.
    Arming teachers doesn’t make sense to me, as whether the designated armed teacher(s) or not, teachers (by necessity) would become the first target…
    Anna :o[

  6. I hope you don’t mind my saying this but you live in a very scary and dangerous country.There is no place for guns anywhere let alone a school in a civilised society. I am very proud of all those kids who protest in the streets….they have to take charge of this problem because it seems no one cares if they keep on getting shot at in school by armed loonies.

  7. Incredible how simple the solution seems as we look at it from the outside and yet a nation has struggled with it for years… guns have no place in a peaceful, civilized world. In no one’s hands. Period.

  8. Not so much seeing into the Future as the “same old” story rereading itself. It does however lead to you making new stories with better/bloodier words XXX

  9. To even (have to) consider armed teachers is beyond sad… and this mostly because of the fun you can have with a gun. Sometimes I think there is a sexual attraction between men and gun that just have to be broken.

    I hope your world will come to its senses finally.

  10. I’m with Kerry on this one. Even our police don’t normally carry guns, only the armed response unit, and that is in extreme circumstances. I think I’ve only ever seen a gun once and that was an air rifle that our neighbour had for shooting rats at the farm where he worked. If I wasn’t retired from teaching and was told to carry a weapon, I’d resign!

    • I can’t wait to be able to say that guns are only used by very specialized units and in extreme circumstances. I might have to move to Australia. Maybe my friend Shelle will take me in.

  11. Well, this is chilling indeed. We might laugh a bit right now, but there are those who hope it soon will be truth. I cannot imagine teachers with guns. We all need to rise up!

  12. It’s true: it is a slightly disturbing haibun. However, when aspects of life turn ludicrous … they should disturb. When they don’t – that is far more disturbing.

    Love what you did here. A brilliant – and bang-on: timely – piece of writing. The cartoon is incredible. I didn’t see a date on it, but – woozers – what an illustration.

  13. Once we were told and thought that we were all equal. Little concessions given were seen as great gains but in reality it is all about power. Power that we the people don’t have in labor, industry, politics, race, religion, etc., etc and I could go on. The people are pawns and are used and expended at will regardless of race, religion, gender, color or age. It is staring at us in the face but we still think that governments etc., etc., are doing all this for us. Wrong! We are merely being satisfied if necessary while others rule, steal, make money, destroy and prosper while they can totally regardless of the need to protect and sustain the Earth and its population. The cartoon was a great find Magaly…my rant just meant it is Monday morning here.

  14. The satire is razor sharp here, worthy to go alongside some of the really big names of political satire. There was laughter and a strong thread of horror and disgust that this is where we are right now. Charles Addams must have had a crystal ball.

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