This week’s video story: Everyday life in Utopia.
How I love this phrase! I want to tattoo it on my ankle, paint it on the wall above my desk, and wear it on a T-shirt. Everyday life in Utopia! This is my new motto.
I’d told my daughter about the word “utopia” and what it meant. Some days later, I was reading aloud to her from Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. I explained that Camazotz, in the book, was a “dystopia,” and gave a little lecture about how that was the opposite of a utopia. My daughter listened patiently.
About a week later, as we continued with A Wrinkle in Time, I asked in a teacherly voice, “Now do you remember the word for the opposite of utopia?”
“Metopia,” she said, without missing a beat. It took me a moment to get the joke.
Everyday life in Utopia and Metopia!
Behind-the-scenes revelation: I use this story as part of my conclusion for Before and After. (As a writer, my speciaity is writing endings. The ending of Happier at Home may be the best thing I’ve ever written.)
Because it really does seem to me that when we think about all the resolutions we might follow, or all the habits we might change, we’re aiming at getting as close as possible to everyday life in Utopia.
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