In just three pages, Eloise Whittlesey chronicles the long and often adventurous experiences of two distinctive pieces of fabric–one pink with an uppidy façade, the other brown and humble—and she does this in such a way as to imbue them with infectious personalities all their own. It’s as though she’s writing about human beings, kindred spirits. But they are clearly more than that. The trio are lifelong friends, and the strangest that one is apt to encounter. They have somehow survived the journey, not out of obligation or the utmost necessity, but because they enjoy one another’s company. And although “Big Boy” wasn’t around from the beginning, that fact hardly matters, because Eloise and “Pink” imparted to him every minute detail, from the boggy swaps of Shreveport, Louisiana, to the present. Yes, he hears the melodious drone of Eloise still, remembering and re-remembering everything.
But Whittlesey’s Tales Of Two Towels does not merely inform the reader of her beloved comrads, she beckons, inviting you in, so you may learn about the trials, tribulations and overall excitement called Life. Her life. In the process, she achieved what she was after, which was to teach (not just tell us a little about herself, but to show us like only she can.) I also learned about her upbringing, and of the family I am proud to be a part of. Thank you all for having me. I love you.
Choose it. Embrace it boldly. Do not sqander it.
I can almost hear her utter those words, can’t you?
I have very little constructive criticism to give. In fact, I had a lot of fun reading this one. However, I would have loved further insight into the psyche of the towels themselves, particularly Big Boy. After all, Pink is the life of the party, and he is rather submissive, but I suppose that’s simply his character. Speaking of the two narratives, I would’ve separated them, if only for the ease of reading. This is only my opinion, of course. Aside from these things, Tales is dang near flawless.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’