Discovering The Path in Mrs. Todd's Shortcut

Discussion in 'Skeleton Crew' started by Christine62, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Christine62

    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    Mr. King loves to drive and a true writer, he notes everything--roads, highways, byways--or maybe he just looks up the names on Rand McNally but he doesn't mindlessly drive down these small little turn offs --he eyes them and maybe he sees shapes of green and splashes of blue that are there but we don't see them because we aren't looking. Mr. King looks, and listens and smells and feels --that's how he knows there are secret places in them thar wood.

    I love this story--it clings to me--it's ephemeral like the mist rising in through the leaves and branches leaving little droplets of mystery. This is language with a light hand. I can't pin it down but this one tells a story but stronger it leaves you with an other worldly feeling. This one leave me with ache of longing. It's one to emulate.
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  2. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I wish I was as eloquent as you other posters, but I'll say this. I love this story, it's so descriptive. I often think about this tale on the tedious school run, wishing I could find one of her short cuts. :wink2:
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  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Well, you've inspired me to go back and re-read it - it's be a long time ago that I read it, so time for a re-read. I do remember loving it, and vaguely remember wishing I was Mrs. Todd, so I'll check back in tomorrow morning and let you know my thoughts.
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  4. bobbo

    bobbo Member

    Wow, but--wow! Mizz Christine, but you can WRITE! Enjoyed your short post very much (and by the bye, agree completely about this one from long ago. I actually read "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" in an issue of REDBOOK that my Mom saved for me when she noticed my "new favorite writer" at the time had a short story included. Blew my mind, for sure.
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  5. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I love that story as well. I like stories that are told in the style of that one; that being where someone is recalling something. Love, love, love it.
  6. Doty

    Doty New Member

    I love driving in the countryside without a destination. Quite often I recall this story while doing so. I, too, loved Mrs. Todds Shortcut!
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  7. Shoe

    Shoe Ka 'n' stuff

    Nothing like driving thru a Thinny!
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  8. Out of Order

    Out of Order What Christmas is All About

    Who hasn't looked for a shortcut?
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  9. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    I agree Christine, this is one of my all-time favorites, something about it resonates with me. I think it's the idea that there are other ways if we could only open our eyes and minds to them. I think unintentionally Mr. King may have been trying to show that these shortcuts are a metaphor for imagination--there's a whole world around us that people often seem to ignore, and the Mrs. Todds of the world see and use to their advantage.
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