"Giorraíonn beirt bóthar."
"Two people shorten a road."
Happy St. Patrick's Day a bit early! Stay safe and
St. Patrick's Day has always been more than a bit special in
Dyeland. Not only is a large segment of their
population at least partly Irish but March 17th, 2000 is
also when Andrew first met the Dyelanders. Since then,
they've celebrated it as some combination of a group
anniversary and Andrew's and JenniAnn's anniversary.
Well, this year it's going to become even more
significant! Kim has written two stories to explain
exactly why that is! :-) So I'm going to turn it
over to her now and then I'll be back to share my latest
time-sucking obsession with you.
A Message from Kim
Hello all! As Jenni
said, I'm excited to present "Never-Ending
Road" which follows Kemara and Sean through their
engagement, and "Here
Is My Heart" which focuses on
their St. Patrick's Day wedding.
Working on these stories has certainly been an education!
I've researched pre-Cana classes, personality types,
natural family planning, engagement/wedding rings, ski
resorts, taking care of nearly-newborns, bridal stores in
Tribeca, Middle Eastern restaurants in Woodstock,
everything Celtic you can possibly think of; and I've
planned a full nuptial Mass including Scripture readings
and music....Oh, and the reception afterward!
As Dyeland's first engaged/married couple (in this
generation!) I wanted to show romance between Kemara and
Sean without going over the top. They do talk about
previous romantic encounters, and Kemara charts her
monthly cycle (that's part of NFP). Don't worry, it's all
PG-rated at most. If you visit the Friends
of Joshua forum, you'll see that our couple(s)
discuss things a wee bit more frankly.
Chunks of this story were written in real-time. If weather
is mentioned, I looked it up for that place/date. Lovely
Bride, Laughing Man and Hunter's Mountain Ski Resort do
exist. And yes, there's a restaurant in Woodstock, NY,
called Joshua's Cafe that sells Middle Eastern cuisine.
I've created a Pinterest board for the wedding where you
can see Kemara's wedding dress, Sean's ring and other
interesting stuff. https://www.pinterest.com/kemaram/wedding-ideas/
I hope you enjoy Kemara and Sean's journey to couple-hood
and marriage as much as I've enjoyed writing it. Huge
thanks to Jenni for her advice, critiques, prayers -
written and otherwise, and especially for Father Mike's
excellent wedding homily. It's a must-read! Thanks and
much love to Joshua who keeps me going every day, and to
my angel of inspiration who loves to feed me ideas when
I'm at work, on deadline and totally unable to even jot
down a note.
Fun with Tropes
So... over the past year, thank to one of you (you know who
you are!) I got a lil bit addicted to this site: TV
Tropes. In short, it covers an abundance of
themes and conventions that get repeated over and over on TV
shows and in movies, books, myths, songs, etc. As I
glanced through the massive site, I couldn't help noting
what tropes the Dyeland stories contain. Thus, I'm
sharing my by no means exhaustive list just because I figure
I may as well make my time-sucking obsession work for
something. :-) (Seriously, you go on there to
just look up one thing and suddenly two hours have passed
and you're reading about hair symbolism.) Here goes...
Have Sex Ever- Arthur and Monica... owing to the
latter being an angel, of course. Perhaps
surprisingly, this actually doesn't apply to Andrew and
JenniAnn since neither would have sex even if they could on
account of their shared Asexuality.
(Jury is out... and will remain out... on whether this trope
fits biblical era Maryam and Yosef or not.) All three
dyads mentioned here, in their current states, could also
lay claim to Chastity
Friend Romance- Definitely Maryam and Yosef. Due
to their parents' friendships, the two grew up in consistently close contact and, in fact,
have known each other since Maryam was fourteen or so days
old. In the years to come, this will also apply to
Liam and Belle and potentially other children of the Friends
of Joshua group.
into Chest- We gather here to remember and celebrate
the lives of several of Andrew's and Joshua's shirts who,
sadly, suffered irreparable (not really) damage when being
cried on by numerous characters although, to be fair, it was
sometimes the shoulders that were cried on. Still...
this happens. A lot.
Head Taller- The men of Dyeland are consistently one
head taller than the women. Why? Because recent
Dyeland stories are largely written by two short women who
are writing what they know... well, at least in this
Four Loves- Yay, agape! I could be wrong
but I don't think there's a single character who doesn't
fall into one or more of these categories. Some even
fall into all four with Diana and Zeke currently getting the
Boyfriend's Jacket- It exists in a fairly legit form
(Emma wears one of Peter's shirts at one point) but is also
somewhat subverted in that Joshua's clothes get worn by
several characters who are close to him and, naturally, none
of them are his boyfriend/girlfriend. Also, Andrew's
shirts are continuously "borrowed" and not only by
JenniAnn. Of late, Violeta has snagged a couple and
she certainly has no romantic attachment to Andrew.
Orientation- Andrew spent several years being a bit
unnerved by JenniAnn's attentions because he thought this
was happening. But then it turned out she was asexual,
too, so... compatible! A rather creepy incident of
this really happens, however, when a woman takes a shine to
Joshua during a visit to a ladies' Bible Study in "The
Carpenter." Doubly weird in that not only do they not
have compatible sexualities (she's straight, he's asexual
[although he was heterosexual during the Incarnation per
"The King"]) but he's also, ya know, God.
Innocent Cohabitation- Andrew and JenniAnn, Arthur and
Monica, and Emma and Peter all live together
platonically. Emma and Peter will eventually marry and
cease being platonic. The angels and humans will, of
course, remain platonic.
Cousins- Belle and Liam. Of course, they're not
genetically related at all. Joshua has a lot of this
in his family tree...
Pillow- JenniAnn resorts to this when Andrew's in a
state. It first happens after a PTSD incident in
"Abide With Me" and then again after the revelation that
Chava is a Holocaust survivor.
at First Sight- Max claims to have loved Rose from the
moment he saw her. JenniAnn was more "crush at first
sight" with Andrew as I really don't think a four year old
could truly fall in love. Maryam apparently backs me
up because she refers to her own connection to Yosef at that
age as a crush and I highly doubt LJA would pull off a more
mature connection than the Mother of God.
a Shadow- Andrew and JenniAnn have an odd variant on
this. As mentioned above, LJA had a crush on Andrew
starting at age four. However, she didn't even know
his name and dubbed him "Cupid" because he resembled the
character in her "Cupid and Psyche" picture book. So
the reality was likely that she had a crush on the idea of
Andrew/Cupid. Then came a murky period of her meeting
Andrew and having a crush on him but not having the clearest
idea of who Andrew really was. Then things got even
murkier when she started dating Eliot and they both
eventually realized they'd only gotten together because they
were both in love with the idea of being in love given their
friends were pairing off. Finally, JenniAnn fell
properly and irrevocably in love with the real Andrew and he
was a shadow no more.
for Love- Maryam and Yosef are very clear on this
being the reason they got married. It's further
explained that their own parents married for love and, thus,
wished the same for them even though it was very much the
era and culture of arranged marriages.
Romance- Alas, Eli and Josef know the pain of
this. Beth and Mick fear it. Andrew and Monica
will eventually face it with JenniAnn and Arthur.
on the Set- Joshua seems to have used St. Genesius'
Community Theatre as same sort of dating service for his
kids. In a very good way, I might add! Emma and
Peter are the main example but the Superstar
production also brought Clay and Kylie together and got
Andrew and JenniAnn to an even more stable stage (pun
intended). Ivy and Sy also became a couple because of
the production albeit indirectly.
Love- Several characters only found "the one" after
previous failed relationships. Kylie was married to
horrid Jett before meeting and falling in love with
Clay. Diana had a serious but detrimental relationship
before meeting Zeke. Eliot dated JenniAnn before
romancing Brittony who he has since happily married.
on Deck- Though he's not a loud mouth about it, Joshua
is this with pretty much every couple. That being
said, he also firmly believes not everyone is supposed to be
part of a romantic dyad. And he would know.
Evil Has Standards- While I hesitate to label Yehuda
as evil, he definitely did something evil (betraying
Yeshua/Joshua). However, he tries to intervene when
Emma is being sexually harassed.
Race Lift- Sadly, Joshua being Middle Eastern almost
qualifies for this since Jesus is often depicted as a white
man despite being of Middle Eastern descent. Emma is
even initially opposed to Joshua playing Jesus because he
doesn't fit the modern Jesus look: light skinned with
gorgeous hair and handsome features.
Before Dogma- Joshua is a proponent of this and many
of the Friends have taken this to heart with Fr. Mike and
Rabbi Yakov becoming increasingly outspoken despite the fact
that it unnerves some of their congregants and could, for
Fr. Mike, lead to major problems from the hierarchy of the
God- Subverted. No one thinks Joshua is
hot. He's more than okay with that.
Your Diety- While Joshua is never in actual peril in
any of the stories, several of the Friends tried to finesse
situations in order to spare him from hurt feelings.
Andrew left JenniAnn home alone with him (and Belle) in
hopes she'd finally clue into the fact that he's
Jesus. Ivy followed Emma into the restroom to have a
few private moments to talk Joshua up. Zeke and Co.
convened a secret meeting behind Joshua's back to try to
deal with the Emma situation. And so on.
Substitute- Andrew and JenniAnn to Max and Shelby and,
to some extent, also with Violeta.
Uncle- The Friends have their children refer to all
their friends as "Aunt X" and "Uncle Y" which is what leads
to Belle's and Liam's Kissing Cousins status.
of Choice- This has long been true in Dyeland and the
Tunnels but now also applies to the
whole of the Friends of Joshua group.
Grow Old With Me- The reason Andrew and Monica decide
to age. They don't want to remain young looking while
JenniAnn and Arthur age. It also serves a practical
purpose, too, since they have children who would be
negatively impacted by parents who never age.
by Canon- I loved Lor. A lot. But Beauty
and the Beast had Vincent abandoned as a baby and
while I could come up with a reason why one parent might
have inadvertently lost him, I couldn't figure out how both
parents could still be living and present at his birth and
yet somehow he ends up in a trash heap behind St. Vincent's
Hospital (canon). So poor Lor died... This is
also why Yosef died before Yeshua's public ministry.
While the Bible doesn't explicitly state when Joseph died,
his absence pretty much implies he was no longer living when
Jesus set out from Nazareth.
I Am Him- When she was young and before she'd ever set
foot on Earth, Violeta read and heard loads about a man
named Jesus. So she asked her beloved Joshua to let
her meet this Jesus fellow. And then this trope
BSOD- Andrew has a couple of these. He has a
breakdown after losing an assignment in a very disturbing
way and attempts to cope with that by withdrawing from his
friends. He's less culpable when it happens again in
"Abide With Me" when he starts believing JenniAnn is a
figment of his imagination and he can't hear God. In
that case, he was suffering from PTSD and TBI so was
genuinely psychologically compromised.
And I'm going to stop there because my computer is beginning
to protest my rapid fire clicking from trope to trope.
is dedicated to John Dye who, through Andrew, has totally
fed into the myth-loving, fairy tale fancing aspect of my
Irish heritage. Without the Dyeland stories, I'm not
sure I'd spend quite so much time debating the meaning of
"anam cara" or listening to Celtic music for
inspiration. And that would be sad, indeed!