You saw them everywhere, on church marquees, on billboards beside the highways, on signs outside restaurants: these mottoes, caveats, thoughts for the day. Someone had to have written them, and sometimes, driving past a sign that read life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful or god is the answer, the question is you, Lorna Jo wondered what she would come up with if it were her job to write them. She wrote memos and press releases but not wise sayings.
Lorna Jo had big hair, makeup you could skate on, and high heels. Her perfume was like an advance team: it tacked posters to pillars, beat the drums, got out memos, rallied the crowds. It let people know she was coming. She was a Texas gal. A gal in a ten-gallon hat. A gal in a ten-gallon hat and with more shoes than Imelda Marcos.
About the Author
Kelly Cherry, is the author of 19 books, including, most recently, a collection of essays entitled Girl in a Library. Her story “Banger Finds Out” was published in the July/August 2008 issue of COMMENTARY and was included in the anthology New Stories from the South 2009: The Year’s Best.