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Lucy Emerson Sullivan
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By Lucy Emerson Sullivan:
I am Lucy Peel, the second Emerson child. You hear a lot about Bill Emerson’s brilliance and humor and skill as a writer and consummate speaker and storyteller. But there is another side to the story. I want to be straight with you. It wasn’t always easy being Bill Emerson’s child. Think about it! You knew the man! Our house was a thicket of words that nobody else ever heard of. It was like a linguistic outward bound and you had to find your way out of the woods. “Pixilated!” “Prodigality!” “Pusilanimous!” “Miscreant!” “Conupcopia upturned!” “Bagatelle!” “Heliogobulous!” Imagine yourself a two-year-old, gripping the edges of your crib, leaning into these hurricane-force syllables. And the strange words never let up! Later on, as we got older, we wondered. What’s a miscreant? How do you get frecklebellied? And . . . ninnyhammer? So, I’m telling you there were challenges being Bill Emerson’s […]