Friday, March 4, 2011
Proof of Life
"Arrurru," Pablo Menendez
"Drume Negrita," Bola de Nieve, from Cuban Lullaby
"Puerto Pimentel," Gabriel Alegria, Afro-Peruvian Sextet
"Wizards in Winter," Trans-Siberian Orchestra, from The Lost Christmas Eve
Today I went to Chicago with my friend K-- to do paperwork toward an official divorce in the country known as Tecala in the film Proof of Life. She is legally divorced here in the USA, where she and her kids live, but not in the country that shall be known as Tecala, where she was actually married and where her ex lives part of the year but neglected to do the paperwork until now.
Hmm, I just pictured a judge and a gavel, so this is Thor's Day as well as a Random Coinciday in the blog.
I went over to the Chicago Cultural Center and enjoyed the current photography exhibit and live music from a band playing music from Central and South America, including songs from Mexico, Cuba, and the country that shall be known as Tecala. Pretty random, huh?
It turned out to be a sudden migraine, but he went along with it, and I went along to the Park Grill in Millennium Park, noticing the ice skaters but not the SWAT Team.
I got a table, asked if I could linger, which was fine as long as I was going to order lunch, and alerted the staff that I might be joined but probably not, when lo and behold K-- called, and lunch together was possible, and I gave her walking directions, stood up and waved in the window, perhaps drawing the attention of the SWAT Team as well as the wait staff, and K-- found her way to me, and we had fabulous salads.
And I ate a lot of bread. Proof of hunger.
K-- pointed out the SWAT Team and their binoculars and guns. They were either in training for a possible incident or avid winter bird watchers.
On the way home in the car, I read her a story from the current issue of The Sun, one of my favorite magazines, called "World Enough and Time," by Linda McCullough Moore, a phrase that many other writers have been fond of, including Robert Penn Warren, who used it as a title for a novel (and titles cannot be copyrighted). The story made me sob, and I couldn't read the last paragraph, so we watched the rain a while, she made a call in to her workplace, and so on, until I got it together and read the ending through the lump in my throat.
The phrase "world enough, and time" comes from the opening line of "To His Coy Mistress," by Andrew Marvell, which also contains the phrase, "Time's winged chariot hurrying near," which, indeed, it is.
The moral of the poem is let's do it while we can! Let's do!