Ordinary People: Late nights and hospitals

May 17, 2014

I’ve slowed down a bit because I’m in Australia and this Release Party started at 1.00am my time. Being up in the middle of the night reminds me of doing the final edits of Ordinary People.


My sister was in hospital and I spent quite a bit of time sitting with her. I used her as a guinea pig and read the story to her while we waited for test results and meals, and the dark of night to pass. My sister is not a quiet woman—her laugh can be heard for miles around, if there’s a favourable wind. I’m usually very quiet—except when I’m performing. In full ‘entertainment mode’, I’m dramatic and forceful, and… loud. The first night, the nurses asked us to be quiet. I really did try to read quietly after that, but, let’s face it, Vinnie is dramatic too. After the second night, they moved my sister to another room. I wasn’t sure whether to be mortified at disturbing everyone or amused that all it took to get a private room was loud laughter. Which would you have been?


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2 Responses to “Ordinary People: Late nights and hospitals”

  1. H.B. says:

    I think I would have been a little of both. That we would have been loud enough that we had to be moved to a private room. But amused because it didn’t take a lot of effort for the hospital to decide to mover her and not the other patient for the inconvenience we were causing. I also think if I was a writer and could make my sister laugh while reading a story I had written I would be extremely proud that she enjoyed it enough that she got kicked out into better quarters =)

  2. eemontgomery says:

    Thanks H.B. I did love making her laugh, particularly as she was in hospital and we weren’t sure how bad it was at that point. I dedicated this story to her.

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