Nella Larsen's Passing (and being a citizen of the world)
I liken Clare's life of passing to living in a foreign land, hence the visual.
"The truth was, she was curious. There were things that she wanted to ask Clare Kendry. She wished to find out about this hazardous business of "passing," this 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞'𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭..." p.25
Have you ever done that - ʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ ᴀᴡᴀʏ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴀs ғᴀᴍɪʟɪᴀʀ ᴀɴᴅ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇ ɪɴ ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴇɴᴠɪʀᴏɴᴍᴇɴᴛ?
What some of our members shared:
"When I graduated high school, I took my $20 graduation money from my dad, a sleeping bag and my clothes and moved alone to the Seattle area, where I attended a vocal jazz camp. I had no idea how I was going to live or even where I was going to live when the two weeks were up - I only knew I had a scholarship to attend that college. And another time, I flew to join a new band up in Alaska with literally a dime in my pocket and my clothes in my luggage. I had never met the other band members nor they me, but they knew of my reputation in the Seattle area and hired me over the phone. Both times I took a great chance into completely unfamiliar environments and I have to say that both chances were very worth the taking." -L
"When my husband and I graduated from Bible College, we moved that same weekend to Texas. No job. No home. Just a vague idea of where we should start our post-college years. I had never lived anywhere other than Alabama, so it was scary to leave all that was familiar to me, my family, etc. And Texans are kind of hardcore, so 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 for one has not been easy the last 25 years. (Nothing like what is discussed in the book. I am being a bit cheeky with the comparison.)" -E
"There was a time when I walked away from my rather innocuous life and tried to pass as a wild, free-spirited rebel. I was only slightly successful and lasted for two years. Then I gave it up and had a long, hard climb back to real life." -G
"I'm experiencing this now as my husband's job took us to Europe. We move every few years, but this has been the biggest being overseas. Long story short my husband was assigned to Virginia even though he was offered the job here. He worked to get it switched once he figured out what happened. Virginia would have been ideal for our families. It would have been easier to move there before the kids started school. But we waited it out to see how it unfolded. If you have the opportunity, why pass it up?" -A