Area Woman Tells Book Club 2016 Election May Drive Her to Kill
By Cecily Bapp
Published November 6th, 2016
SARATOGA SPRINGS— Saratoga resident Meghan McGrath gave voice to the sort of frustration eating away at many Capital Region residents.
Though the usually composed mother of four has never expressed a homicidal thought, during a recent book club meeting — before anyone even had a chance to say a word about this month’s selection, The Girl on the Train — McGrath confessed the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was triggering inside her murderous intentions.
“There’s a guy at work who talks about the election non-stop. He’s a complete idiot. I can’t take it anymore. If he tells me one more time he was ‘shaken to his core’ I am going to snap, I swear.”
Members of the book club — devoted to books in name only, while committed instead mostly to drinking wine and talking about the pain of childbirth — quietly agreed: this election has become a dull throbbing source of incessant irritation.
“I can’t stand it anymore! Just cut me! Cut me! I want it to be over!” McGrath screamed.
Club members — including McGrath’s best friend, Sarah LaMonica, and her mother-in-law, Mildred McGrath — weren’t sure whether Meghan was talking about the election, or re-enacting, once again, the birth of her twin sons, Miles and Coltrane.
“I think she’s talking about the election, but she could be talking about the C-section again. She’s pretty peeved about both,” Mildred murmured. “We’re going to give her a minute to collect herself, and then open another bottle.”
Sarah, practical as ever, summed up her estimation of Meghan’s current state of mind and her immediate future — as well as, perhaps, the future of our country:
“Meghan has been under a lot of pressure lately, what with her job, the kids and now this fucking election. Excuse me, I mean freaking. Anyway, she’s going to be OK. I think. I hope. She’s got to move forward, right? We can’t all move to Canada.”