Constitute, Vernacular, “Sea Foam”

3 things to inspire 1 story written in 20 minutes. #story320
These three movie titles provided by @audreyfankhanel

Something comes over me when I watch an episode of Seinfeld. It’s a familiarity, a closeness with humanity. The characters and scenarios make me feel that I’m part of the whole, that I’m not the only one concerned (perhaps overly so) with superficial things. Besides that, and more to the point, it makes me laugh.

If I were a character in Seinfeld, I’d more than likely be George Costanza. Maybe George on the inside and Jerry on the outside. George speaks a language I can understand. he exudes a pettiness and unchecked passion for the principles of things. I understand him, as despicable as he may be to some.

Jerry has a laissez-faire attitude. Things happen to him but he stays at the same level of comfort, neither better or worse off than the beginning of each episode.

Kramer’s character, as I heard Michael Richards describe him, isn’t dumb or crazy, he’s actually one level above everyone. Unconcerned with what others think, the world is his playground. And so he finds himself in situations like golfing with pro’s, being serenaded by legendary crooner’s, finding and living with the discarded set of the Merv Griffin show.

Kramer lives, I believe, as most of us wish to live. His careless abandon allows him to be exactly Kramer, Cosmo Kramer.

Elaine Benes is the more functional Kramer. Maybe I’m wrong, but her confidence and charm give her the opportunities Kramer is unable to receive, simply because he stands out for the wrong reasons, according to societies rules and expectations.

Elaine expresses all emotions without shame but is also able to pull it together when it matters. Because of this, she often comes out on top, fairing better than her three companions.

All four main characters represent different aspects of humanity. George is primarily emotion and passion. Jerry is mostly logic and reason. Kramer is pure joy. Elaine is responsible yet mischievous.

I think one of the scenes that captures this dynamic is this: The four are sitting at a booth in the diner. Jerry is next to Kramer and Elaine is next to George who is telling his adventures as a Marine biologist.

“The sea was angry that day, my friends.” He begins and the scene cuts to a beach, sea foam rolling up on shore.

So that’s 20 minutes of straight writing. I must of just been watching Seinfeld.

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