Munchkin Dreams

Posted in Scribblings on March 7th, 2009 by MadDog
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I warned you that it would get weirder.

Thirty-two years ago I wrote a short essay that had been stewing and fermenting in my mind since I was a child. We of a certain age and of certain localities shared a common decades-long experience that, I fervently pray, will come to be known as unique in the history of mankind:

Munchkin Dream
I am, of course, alluding to the colossal irony that pervaded our lives. What we feared most, nuclear annihilation, was prevented by the very mechanism that we trusted least, Mutually Assured Destruction.

I remember, as if it were only yesterday, being led weekly to the hastily dug bomb shelter underneath the basement of our school – the damp dirt walls, the delicate aroma of rat turds, the spindly, ill-constructed brickwork columns and haphazardly strung lights. It was a place of horror. All that I could think of was that I’d rather be above ground and be instantly incinerated that be buried under the rubble. Growing up made it no better. Every time the sabres rattled, we subconsciously watched the sky.

The story will have limited appeal. Younger readers will have difficulty appreciating the scope of the terror. Some readers will rightly see it as corny sentimentalism, which it most certainly is. Others may be offended by the vocabulary and allusions to the forbidden. I can think of many reasons why one might not like it.

So, I’m taking the big risk. All it can cost me is embarrassment. I have a huge amount of material that I have written over a period of five decades. Practically none of it has been seen by another human being. It’s time to give it some air. This is the world premier for Munchkin Dreams. (Click on the link to read it AFTER reading the NAUGHTY WORD AND SUBJECT WARNING below.)

The story is over 4,000 words, so it will take a few minutes.

NAUGHTY WORD AND SUBJECT WARNING: There are a few words and expressions sprinkled here and there that may be offensive to some readers. I make no excuse for this – they were necessary. There are references to sexuality, drug use, and probably a few other behaviours that might offend some. If you think that any of these would disturb you, please come back tomorrow for something completely different.

I do, of course, hope that somebody enjoys it and takes the time to leave a comment.

In case you might not know what a Munchkin is, check here for information about the Little People from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.