The question is, shall it or shall it not be linear history. I’ve always thought a kaleidoscopic view might be an interesting heresy. Shake the tube and see what comes out. Chronology irritates me.”Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
In many ways, chronology irritates me too, but … the magic of these monthly collages is that they tell a story without any words. Of course I think the words matter too (hence 100-ish posts here featuring a monthly collage followed by words) and yet … wouldn’t it be cool to put those 3,000+ images into a kaleidoscope and see what comes out. I wonder if I’d even recognize some of those images without the chronological perspective? I’d certainly like to think I could name and place the faces. does anything else really matter? I’m still pondering that question, while taking photos and choosing one to represent each day. and now I’m totally obsessed with the idea of printing ALL those photos and tossing them into the air (how tall is a stack of 3,000 photos? I think I’ll need helpers!) and seeing how they land!!
Case in point. I was fascinated by the magnolia blooms this month. in my yard, on my morning walks. they’re cool to watch and oh my goodness they smell amazing.
I’m sure I’ve always been just as fascinated. and I’m not sure when the tree in our yard started being that interesting.
I think I’ve already shared enough about the life draining stuff … I’m going to move right into the rest of the regular program:
Life Giving: learning to really be OK about cancelling (and hopefully rescheduling) plans. knitting in person with friends. making dinner for Leslie’s family, and then being there with them when they celebrated her life. helping Katie raise money for Moms Demand Action. seeing Marc share golf with Charlie and Sam.
A (short) Happy List: porch time. Mother’s Day with my girls, and then with my mom (all in person!). Julia and Hacks season 2 on HBO Max (a treat from switching to DirectTV streaming). Coastal Grandmother playlists (embracing the “coastal grandmother” vibe?!). Sam’s dimples. Lake time with my family.
Looking Back always gives me perspective. These posts never fail to remind me more of the good than the bad. I’m sure this tendency to self-select a positive story is self-protective. I also think it’s hopeful.
What made your happy list in May?