It’s Just That Easy: “The Baby”

Claire is pregnant. She doesn’t know what to do. She can’t afford a baby.

So she calls It’s Just That Easy!

“Don’t worry about it,” technician Jim assures her.

It turns out the baby is made of gold! He’s a long-eared Buddha statue baby. That happens sometimes in countries whose sculptors don’t know how to make Buddha statues properly.

But Claire calls back anyway. She’s kind of nervous.

“What is it?” asks technician Jim.

“My baby has three arms, and he doesn’t move,” Claire says.

“He’s made of gold,” Jim points out. “You couldn’t expect him to move.”

“That’s true,” concedes Claire. “But what about the arm?”

“Break it off and use it to pay the windfall tax,” Jim advises. “Then you’ll have a normal-shaped baby and you won’t have to face the complicated tax situations usually dealt with by people whose babies turn out to be precious yet freaky miracles!”

“Thanks, Jim!” says Claire.

It’s just that easy!

5 thoughts on “It’s Just That Easy: “The Baby”

  1. Hi Rebecca. I’ve been reading Hitherby since the fall. I’m about half-way through, although not in order. I’ve been lurking, since I generally don’t have inciteful comments and am generally shy, but I thought I should pipe up and tell you how much I love your work. It entertains me, it brings me joy when I fit things together and gain a greater understanding of the whole, it makes me question my beliefs, and it moves me. Yesterday I was crying reading the archives, and I thought I should thank you.

    So, well, thank you very much for writing this wonderful stuff and posting it where I can read it.

    Um, if it’s not too intrusive, here’s a virtual *hug*

  2. It turns out the baby is made of gold! He’s a long-eared Buddha statue baby. That happens sometimes in countries whose sculptors don’t know how to make Buddha statues properly.

    Hehe.

    While It’s Just That Easy!, I can only imagine that giving birth to a solid gold statue would, in fact, be very hard.

  3. Thinking about this one, I can’t help wondering if it gives us some of Jane’s attitude towards Mei Ming. (Maybe it’s the juxtaposition with the previous history.)

  4. This one reminds me of Claire and KA; because of the baby, I imagine. It could be a coincidence, of course, but I’m becoming more and more skeptical that such things exist in Hitherby. Must search archives…

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