F I C T I O N I met Kate Hepburn yesterday outside of Target. I know. It seems so improbable. You never think of her as a Target customer.
You look fantastic, I exclaimed as I hugged her svelte frame.
“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”
And your hair, it’s gorgeous.
“Fuck the roots.”
I’ve always wanted to know what your secret is. How did you get to live the life you wanted?
“As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.”
But didn’t you feel like you missed out on things you wanted to do?
“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
From what I’ve read about you, you must have been one of the bad girls then.
“I don’t care what is written about me as long as it isn’t true.”
Well you didn’t get much help from the Hollywood establishment.
“If you need a helping hand, you can find one at the end of your arm.”
You showed them. You bought out your studio contract and picked your projects.
“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”
But didn’t some of the critics make you angry?
“Enemies are so stimulating.”
They thought you dressed funny, wearing trousers at a time when women just didn’t do that.
“What the hell — you might be right, you might be wrong…but don’t just avoid.”
And you kept on working in film and television well into your 80’s.
“I have no romantic feelings about age. Either you are interesting at any age or you are not. There is nothing particularly interesting about being old – or being young, for that matter.”
Your career had lots of ups and downs in the movie business. That must have been hard on you.
“Never complain. Never explain.”
Good mantra. I bet that catches on.
“Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.”
So true. Life can be a bitch.
“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.”
Jay Harrison is a graphic designer and writer whose work can be seen at DesignConcept. His mystery novel, Head Above Water, is available on Amazon and Kindle.