Today is the first full day of summer and from this point on, days begin to get shorter. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Especially since I still don’t have a blooming rose or a flowering lily! But at least I can see buds so maybe it’s coming. This is the first year without flowers.
What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Mobile phones. I can see the point in having a mobile from which to make calls, but people are on them so much. I totally don’t get it. These phones are tiny — even the bigger ones are not big enough for me. The pictures on them are squinty. The keys are tiny. The sound is pathetic. I don’t get it.
The final thing that I find puzzling is why so many people want to be permanently connected to everyone and anyone? To be forever tied by phone to bosses, parents, kids, and everyone else? Don’t they want a little quiet? How about a few hours without beeping or ringing or dinging or jangling? Wouldn’t that be lovely?
What quirky things do people do where you are from?
I come from New York. What don’t they do?
What are some things you wish you could unlearn?
I can’t answer that. I have no idea. All the things I’ve learned have found a place in my world. Everything means something, so if I were to unlearn something, a skill or piece of knowledge would vanish.
It has taken a lifetime to get to this point. I treasure the little steps, the falls, the collisions, the crises … they are all part of the trek. The only things I wish I could leave behind? A bad heart, two cancerous breasts, and a collapsing spine. Unfortunately, no one wants that stuff … and no one is taking it back. You get what you get and are stuck with it.
Who is someone who you miss having in your life?
At my age, the list of those who have died exceeds the number of those who remain living. I miss them all, individually and collectively. My mother, my brother. My first husband. So many friends. There are too many to count. So. Let’s not go there.