I know it’s not August yet but I’m gearing up. Here, at OutsideIn, August is going to be The Month of the Starter People. Oh, there will be other things happening as well: We will revisit The Bud and Jan Show next week, the War of the Groundhog and the Tomatoes will rev into full gear in August and BCMA (Hoss! For the last time! That’s BOOK CLUB, MY ASS!) will meet at Wit’s End to celebrate the Perseid Meteor showers. All will be revealed.
And yet. August will be mainly Starter People Month. Starter People is a term I coined for children who have one foot out the door while keeping one- usually the one with the muddy shoe- in the homefront door. They are either young adults or toddlers with driver’s licenses, depending on the day, but every day they want the respect and rights and privileges of full adulthood. They also often want the privileges of toddlerhood, only covertly, and while driving your car.
Starter People are not at all like Starter Homes. Starter Homes are those first home-of-your-own houses that are complete but cheap. Starter People are neither complete nor cheap. In fact, they cost more than Starter Homes and sometimes it’s as though the Builder just moved on to a new project and left you with unfinished goods.
Some Starter People are self-starters and some need a new starter engine switch installed every 3,000 miles. And so, in August, I will be writing about Starter People I Have Known (and loved). It might be the outline for a book. In the meantime, I hold the copyright on "Starter People."