The Proppiness Chronicles, Part 2
Time: Around 9:00 this morning
Cast of characters: Sarah, elswhere [RW is asleep, the lucky thing]
me: Go on, go to the bathroom, and then you can go upstairs and watch TV.
S: [No reply, flops on my legs]
me: Come on, let's see some proppiness here!
S [still flopping]: My proppiness is all the way in the basement [with hand, indicates line very close to the floor].
me: Want me to give you some?
S [perking up]: Do you have a proppiness machine too?
me: Um... I think so. How do I know if I have one?
S [looking intensely and earnestly into my eyes]: You think about it. You pretend you have one.
me [closes eyes and visualizes proppiness machine. It looks vaguely like our hot water heater, only more boxlike]: Okay. I have one now.
S [with a helpful air]: When I first got mine, it took a while to warm up.
me: How long did it take?
S: Oh, about a day.
me: What did you do while you were waiting for it?
S: I just kept it in the basement.
me: Oh. Okay.
[S and elswhere return to flopping on the couch.]