This Marriage Interpreter is dedicated to my friend D., who is having a birthday today. D., you always, always, always make me laugh.
BLUEBIRD and THE HUSBAND are in a car together DRIVING ACROSS TEXAS. The pair have been quiet for a whole five minutes, when—
The Husband: (In his most cornpone Texas accent.) C’mon down! To Don Quixote’s Land of Imagination and Adventure! We’ll give you a sword— and a shield— we’ve got plenty of windmills, so knock yourself out!
Bluebird: (Fumbling with iPhone.) Dude, I am recording this.
The Husband: Bring the kids! Get a balloon! Pet a goat! Get a hat! And a hot dog!
Bluebird: (Wide-eyed.) And where’s this place located?
The Husband: Don Quixote’s Land of Imagination and Adventure is located thirteen miles off of I-55! Turn left at the IHOP, and make a right at the Snow White Dry Cleaners! There’s plenty of parking. Tell ‘em EDWARD sent you!
Bluebird: Edward? Really?
The Husband: Well, yeah. But Sancho Panza runs the concession stand, so it all works out.
A NOTE ABOUT THIS STORY: Who the hey-ho are Don Quixote and Sancho Panza? Well… start at Wikipedia’s entry on the famed comic novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra., Don Quixote.
And then, if you’re intrigued, go download a free and legal e-book of a 19th Century English translation of Don Quixote from Project Gutenberg! Don Quixote, Book One and The History of Don Quixote, Volume Two.
If you prefer to read Don Quixote in Spanish or French or Portuguese or the original Castillian Spanish, or Japanese, take look around Project Gutenberg— they’ve got everything, and it’s free and legal and so very delicious.