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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:37 am    Post subject: And All Our Yesterdays ... Reply with quote

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.
- Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28 )


Once upon a time is not how all stories begin and happily ever after is not how all of them end. Just what does happen after the story ends and books are closed? What happened before the story started? Why were the stepmothers and step-siblings generally made out to be horrible people? Even as a child, I wondered about those things. My parents didn't have what I'd call a perfect marriage, but is there such thing? What they did have was a solid and happy lifetime partnership. Velen and I were both blessed in that regard. Like the parents we left behind, their counterparts here are good people at their core. I say at their core because, sometimes, good people are placed in circumstances where they must weigh choices for the greater good. My grandmother had done that as far back as I can remember.

Someone once said that to ask for what is right is not always fair and what is fair is not always right. Does Maggie have the right to know what might be ahead for her? Is it fair of me to not tell her? Her path has already deviated from the childhood and preteen years that I had. The telltale signs are pretty easy to spot when you know what to look for. I was good in the dueling rings, but she has more drive for it than I ever did. There's something inside her that burns, but slowly. Well, it was burning slowly, but things have changed in the last year. Given the circumstances, it gives me pause to reflect on what might have been. At some point, she seems to have decided that she's going to stand on her own or, at the very least, be ready to.

I've seen some possibilities for others, but not for her as it would be looking into what could have been for me. I don't want to know. I'm living in what is the present or the now for me and I'm at peace with it. It's more than being at peace, I'm happy most of the time. Life is not always perfect.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many children when reading Mary Poppins understand that it's not the children the nanny has come to save, but their father. How many adults understand it? I have often wondered, how many children feel they can rescue their parents from some situation or other. My Aunt Abby, six years my junior, is an example of that. No matter how much I tried, I couldn't get her to understand that she was not and never had been responsible for her parents' turbulent relationship. Eventually, I think it will sink in, but not until she understands that people must be whole on their own and not depend on others to make them that way.

I never felt that I had to rescue my parents. You might as well say that I had three of them; Mama, Da, and Uncle Bertie. While Gran filled many roles for us, there was always someone at home we could trust with our questions and troubles. I think it was especially beneficial for Uncle Bertie. Aunt Tilly, his mother, treated us as she would if we were her own grandchildren even after Uncle Bertie adopted a son. We were a bit spoiled by so many grandparents, but rarely did we act like brats. If we did, we'd have our bottoms warmed by a paddling. We grew up not wanting for any necessities and were taught to help others that didn't have as much as we did.

It's not the scale of what one does that matter, but that they do it at all. I spent many winter nights knitting scarves, gloves, and hats for children in the orphanages; I still do. Despite being so much like me in many respects, Maggie sees things on a larger scale. Where I saw the children of one orphanage in need of warm things for winter, Maggie saw children of the entire city needing medical care. Where I tried the Little Red Hen method, she reached out and asked for help. It isn't that I didn't know more people were in need. It was, perhaps, that I knew my own limits and was determined to do it on my own. I guess it's not that much difference from Maggie suddenly needing to stand on her own feet.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some people say, ‘The play’s the thing,’ and for some that is true. I found myself getting lost in the role of Coppelia. When I was in my tween stage, I spent a lot of time making my way through Uncle Eregor’s collection of films. A favorite of mine was and still is a story about a magical car, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.’ The leading female role is that of Truly Scrumptious. The performance of her dancing like a wind up doll on music box helped me to get a very good idea of how Coppelia should move and dance. I pretended that I could hear gears in motion as I bent my elbows and knees. I had bit of fun with flopping forward as if hip gears had failed to work properly. Success! I could hear giggling in the crowd during the comedic moments. Dancing still gives me as much pleasure, now, as it did when I got my first pair of toe shoes. There is a freedom and joy in it that one does not always find in other activities.
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