One common literary structure is the quest. It can be tangible, such as a hunt for buried treasure, or intangible, such as a search for meaning or love. Either way, it plays out in adventure, wrong turns, lessons learned and more.
Vickie LaFon of Pearisburg has been on a quest. It’s far from Cervantes or any high-minded literary classic.
But it’s perfect material for a newspaper column. We’re talking basic bodily functions and a certain amount of indignity.
She’s been hunting and hunting and hunting — for a 19-inch toilet seat. It’s a replacement for one that recently broke and has tossed her off her own commode twice.
The challenge has been daunting. It’s involved shopping forays, searches online, calls to Richmond, Atlanta and New York. She even got one of her state lawmakers, Sen. John Edwards, involved.
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