I Tried to Sell Shakespeare

This morning, Moo told me she’s begun reading Romeo and Juliet. I asked her if she thinks she has a good grasp on it. She said she doesn’t care because she doesn’t like Shakespeare. I gasped. I tried to sell Shakespeare.
“Really? Is he too brilliant for you?”
“I guess.”
“But Moo, he made up words, just like you!”
“We still use them all the time!”

On and on I blathered.
Shit English majors say.
Nothing I said got more than a polite nod.
A polite nod to Shakespeare.

My parents tried to sell me word games, good-for-you cookies, golf, gardening, coasters, music, auto racing, doing the dishes immediately, tact, arts n’ crafts, getting my hair out of my face, cooking and baking, waiting for marriage, love of travel, thyme, bird watching, hot weather, weak coffee, and something called “saving”???

Eh, ya win some, ya lose some.

And you?



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53 Responses to I Tried to Sell Shakespeare

  1. Benson says:

    This “saving” thing of which you speak. Can you elaborate?

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    • joey says:

      Hah! I dunno, it was somethin about like how some people have enough shoes and books and they just cook their own food at home and then they have something called ‘extra money?’ I never quite understood, more of a you-can’t-take-it-with-you kinda person, myself.

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  2. orbthefirst says:

    Im more of a John Milton fan. Othello is one of my favorite stories though.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    If only it wasn’t Shakespeare πŸ˜‰

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  4. Yeah, parental sales pitches don’t seem to work like they used to.

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  5. Bill says:

    I wonder if there are some courses offered nearby so that I can learn more about Shakespeare. I will look into it.

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  6. πŸ™‚ As Carole King once put it:

    Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose
    And sometimes the blues get a hold of you
    Ah, just when you thought you had made it

    I always enjoyed Shakespeare and started the girls on his works with simple versions, working our way up each year of homeschool. At one point, we went to a production in downtown Cleveland and when the curtain went up, our younger daughter disparagingly said something to the effect of, “Eww, a modern production!” Quite funny.


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  7. bikerchick57 says:

    Ha! I remember when my mom tried to sell me on dress lengths that went to the knee when I was in high school. This was during the 70’s, the time of short skirts and hot pants. Thank goodness I learned to sew my own clothes.

    I’m not sure what to think of Moo and her lack of Shakespearean excitement. I’ve not read all of his works and I’d be lying if I said I completely understood him, but I’m always held captive by the plays I attend.

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    • joey says:

      Well ya know, the plays are the thing πŸ˜›
      It’s just sad. The Mister and I do love the Shakespeare. I feel sad she doesn’t. But she has her non-fiction… and her rocks…

      I am glad you got to show off your legs! Sewing FTW!


  8. loisajay says:

    Weak coffee? Coasters? Oh, dear.

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  9. scr4pl80 says:

    Romeo and Juliet is the only one I ever remember reading and I liked the movie (the old one with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, although the Leonardo DiCaprio version was okay.

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  10. LindaGHill says:

    Hair? What hair? Pfft. πŸ˜‰

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  11. eschudel says:

    She’ll understand some day…until, I guess it will be all Greek to her! πŸ™‚

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  12. Let her watch Kenneth Branagh do the plays. He’s cute – and makes them come alive.

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  13. markbialczak says:

    There’s still time to win Moo over, I do believe, Joey, as she starts connecting the dots from Willie S to things that relate in her world.

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  14. Amy says:

    Miss Sunshine said they are about to Romeo & Juliet and the teacher asked in anyone is willing to act out parts in class. She’s a big NOPE. Even though her mother spent all of high school in theater classes. And her paternal grandmother taught English to high school Seniors for a time and ran all the plays in the county for the recreation department for a different time. lol.

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  15. Lol. You do win some and lose some. What else can you do?

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  16. John Holton says:

    Mary and I were just talking about this. Neither one of us is especially enthused about Shakespeare. De gustibus non est disputandum.

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  17. Norm 2.0 says:

    Seeing a good version of the play, or movie, and of course having a teacher who takes the time to translate and put it all into historical context certainly helps a lot. I was lucky to have that with most of the Shakespeare we studied in highschool and came out of the experience loving the Bard. But I can see how it might not be an easy thing for everyone to fall in love with. Perhaps a different play with a different teacher at a different time…who knows, she may still surprise you.

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  18. JoAnna says:

    In high school Shakespeare’s language was hard to understand. Plays and movies helped. In college I played the role of Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and have loved that play ever since. I hope Moo gets to see some Shakespeare movies or plays.

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  19. marianallen says:

    Shakespeare was a no-go for me until I saw a live play. Then it was pure love!

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  20. I got somewhat lucky with my two regarding Shakespeare. I found a series of his works written in Old English on one page and the opposite page had the modern English equivalent which helped them both so much and they got through several of his works. By the time they were in High School, they were less afraid of the old English. Big Baby Boy bought the complete works in Old English while in College. It wasn’t even on his required reading list!
    I won’t go into all the things I tried to sell them that were complete fails!

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  21. Anxious Mom says:

    Maybe start her off with some of the funny sonnets? 130 is a hoot, might warm her up to him a little.

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    • joey says:

      How do I say this… ?
      Moo is not a child who can be…. enticed. LOL Suggestion is not welcome. She must be directed, ordered. She’s not like my other kids that way.

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      • Anxious Mom says:

        lol! The boy is the same as far as reading goes. This is probably the thing we butt heads on the most, he is just so resistant to trying out the books I suggest to him. When he eventually does, he enjoys it, but he doesn’t like for me to recommend stuff. *rolls eyes*

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