The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #36: Tom DeMarchi in Conversation with Angie Lucas

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Angie is my nineteen-month-old son Charlie’s nanny. She’s been living with us since October 12, 2010. Angie is thirty years old, and is currently reading John Williams’s novel Stoner.

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Tom DeMarchi: How long have you been nannying?

Angie Lucas: My only other job was for three months, three years ago. Two months with you. That’s five months.

Tom: What made you become a nanny?

Angie: I was a preschool teacher for several years at McGregor Baptist, my church here in Fort Myers. Nannying was a natural progression.

Tom: Would Jesus be a good nanny?

Angie: In the Bible He said, “Let the little children come to me.” He loved everyone.

Tom: What do you think of when I say the word “rumpus”?

Angie: I think of dancing. I like to Salsa. Will anybody read this? Should I be worried? I have very conservative friends. I go to a Southern Baptist church.

Tom: What’s that got to do with conservatism? Jesus hung out with prostitutes.

Karen [my wife]: No befriending prostitutes!

Tom: I’m not Jesus.

Angie: You can say that again.

Tom: Have you ever read The Rumpus?

Angie: I read an article about Nurse Ratched, from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The writer made Ratched a sympathetic character, which really made me look at her in a whole new way.

Tom: Would Nurse Ratched be a good nanny?

Angie: She’s not someone I really look up to.

Tom: What’s your favorite book to read to Charlie?

Angie: Charlie Parker Played Be Bop.

Tom: Whenever your phone rings I hear Phil Collins. Of the millions of songs available as ring tones, why “Sussudio?”

Angie: It’s a happy song, and I love Phil Collins.

Tom: What exactly do you love about Phil Collins?

Angie: His beautiful bald head.

Tom: Are you a groupie? You have a grocery receipt with Cliff Williams’s autograph. [Williams is AC/DC’s bassist.]

Angie: When I worked at Publix, he came through my checkout. I was nineteen and had never met a famous person before. I asked for his autograph and all I had was receipt paper. He wrote, “For Angie. Love, Cliff Williams. AC/DC.” And he drew the little lightning bolt between AC and DC.

Tom: Is that nail polish remover you’re sniffing?

Angie: I’m trying out a new color—it’s called Full Metal Jacket.

Tom: Big Kubrick fan? Do you model your nannying style after Alex from A Clockwork Orange or Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket?

Angie: Depends on my mood.

Tom: When you’re not nannying, what do you do?

Angie: Hang with my friends. Shop. Get my hair done. Manicures, pedicures. Typical girl stuff.

Tom: Is your hair a different color than it was this morning?

Angie: Raven. Thanks for noticing.

Tom: How do you find your living quarters?

Angie: Peaceful. I love the wind chimes.

Tom: What’s the best thing about being a nanny?

Angie: Getting to know Charlie. He’s easy to love.


Tom DeMarchi teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. When not teaching or sleeping, he's directing the Sanibel Island Writers Conference. More from this author →