Thursday, February 11, 2016
While out walking a couple weeks ago, I noticed the heart-shaped Ivy leaves growing along the front of a house. I paused to take a few pictures of them, and while crouched down to get the right angle, I heard someone call out, "Is something interesting?" I felt a momentary flutter of panic then realized I could hear a smile in the voice. I looked up and saw a woman backing her car into the house's driveway while she waited for my response. I explained that the Ivy had heart-shaped leaves and that they were too striking not to photograph. Still smiling, she said she was glad to hear that something on her property was photogenic. She had been living there for more than forty years, she went on, and it was nice to hear that other people saw things they liked about it. The property is beautiful, so I easily found more than a couple other "photogenic" things to mention about it. "Are you a professional photographer?" was her next question. I explained about my walks and how the camera makes them more fun for me, and as I gestured to her Ivy again, she commented that the picture would make a nice Valentine. She was quite right, so after making a mental note of her house's number, I had the photo made into a greeting card last week and I mailed it out to her address this morning. I have been wrong about things like this before, but I am guessing this pleasant person will not mind the surprise.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The holiday hoopla threw my writing routine out of whack, but this first week of February, I'm finally settling back into one. This is how dreams live or die, it seems: A few days of not working toward a goal turn into weeks of not working toward it, and then a couple months have passed, and then a whole half-year, and then the dream becomes something one was involved in in once years ago. . . .I return to this, though, and I will keep returning to it: to my seat at this table and to these stacks and bags of index cards and diaries and family photos, and to the belief that this matters.