Rapunzel Restored

By Baier, Camille Curro | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 6, 2008 | Go to article overview

Rapunzel Restored


Baier, Camille Curro, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A page from my journal, merging childhood with real family history:

10:00 a.m. George goes off to work. Breakfast done; kitchen cleaned. Time to tackle my day.

The moving boxes are empty. I'll get them up to the attic. Uncle Tom wants us to save them for his move. Five, six, 12 boxes. All sizes. All shapes. Toss them up the attic stairs, then climb up to put them neatly away.

But wait, Cinnamon, the curious cat, is underfoot. With that frothy insulation lining the rafters, I can't let him up here. A sniffer and a chewer, he'll surely hurt himself eating that attractive but dangerous material. Don't want to pain our little beast.

Shut the door to keep him out. Slam. Click. Therein begins my involuntary tenure as Princess in the Tower. Shutting out the cat locks me in, securely.

We've lived in this house only a few weeks. Who knew the carpenter who installed this lock did it backward. Or upside-down, or sideways. Whatever. HE DID IT WRONG!

A cat now runs the house while I man (woman) the attic. What to do?

Well, I could shout my head off. But we live at the end of a court. Our only neighbor outside that single attic window is a small cemetery, the quiet country variety that rarely has funerals, let alone visitors. Nothing in sight this rainy day.

There's a lady across the circle who gardens. A loud, shrill and whiney "Heeeellllllpppp" might get her attention. Shrilly whine I do, to no avail. Maybe that thunderstorm kept her indoors?

I search for implements to unlock the door. Find a nail, which doesn't work. Then, an old hairpin. Worthless, for any use. I realize my only option is to dig in for the duration. I pack away the boxes, and straighten things out. I'd sweep the floor if I had a broom. Chores done; not much left but to spread that throw rug and rest the bod.

Did I mention I am four months pregnant? Does napping at 11a.m. seem out of line for a pregnant lady locked in a tower? Well, one does what one can. Which brings up another concern -- the equally important pregnant lady requirement of finding a coffee can to assuage another need. Sorta like camping, three floors up from the great outdoors.

Back down the steps, I talk to Cinnamon, who cries for my company outside the door. …

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