This week’s words: Count Iris Peak Penny Gush ((n.) Exaggerated stories or tales) Grovel Reflection Assign Mutable ((adj.) subject to change, fickle) Lavish Insignificant Occhiolism ((n.) the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the world or the past or the complexities of culture, because although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one, and may end up being the control for a much wilder experiment happening in the next room.) Girl
Iris Penny Gush was a mutable young girl given to occhiolism in the most extreme of ways.
Iris Penny Gush lived in a world she thought of as normal and as evidence of her own world view that she was right no matter what anyone said.
Her own life story as coming from an aristocratic family, who lived in castles throughout Europe and who now believed the world to be flat and claimed to prove it was another example of how occhiolism had corrupted her small world view. The lavish lifestyle she imagined was her birth right and her inability to reflect on her own circumstance made her life a series of adventures she was happy to live within.
The truth about Iris Penny Gush was that she was born on the wrong side of the tracks to an insignificant woman who neither cared for her daughter and so Iris Penny Gush was put into foster homes until she was eighteen and then left to her own devices to find her way in the world.
Determined to make every step she took in life count, she never let the truth stand in the way of a good story. Iris Penny Gush assigned to herself the occhiolism of bending the truth to suit her needs. She became politically active. She believed fervently that the President of the United States possessed papal infallibility which in the current circumstances raised many an eyebrow.
Standing her ground, she was never one to grovel and pursued her belief that the world rotated pretty much around her and went through life adding one exaggerated story about herself to the last one. Such that in old age she was a mystery. Her world was one of truths and not provable truths, of exaggeration all designed to reinforce her occhiolism of confusion surrounding her true identity.
On her grave was written: Here lies a girl, who in reflection lived a lavish lifestyle all in her head and who in death is as mutable as she was in life.