Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What a difference a year or ten makes


Dear sisters,

On this side of the ocean we have been celebrating extensively the fact that my committer and I have been committed and even married for ten whole years. Now, I know traditionally ten years is nothing to celebrate yet; 12,5, that's when it starts getting interesting, but we were quite content with the ten, and to compensate for completely forgetting last year, we exchanged gifts, we went out for an 11 course meal with wine pairing and we booked a week long yoga retreat on Crete for the summer, that for the ten years and a little bit for the cancer thing. We will be wrapping ourselves in love and devotion for one whole week with four hours of yoga a day and a lot of sunshine.

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful
Wife
And you may ask yourself-well...how did I get here?

The Talking Heads have a point.

The grey haired mother, still wearing her yoga gear in the early evening sits at the kitchen table sticking stamps on the 700 cards, that have to be sent out for the school auction. Her latte from Martha's coffee, now cold, stands by her side. There are children there, quite big ones, running around that actually look like people and, seemingly, talk with a mind of their own. She says things like: don't run with the scissors" and " No more snacking" while she continues sticking. Her major achievement of the day is having limited the amount of time her son plays the Wii Star Wars to one hour, after homework, without too much discussion. She thinks about the book she is writing and consoles herself with the fact that Virginia Woolf, someone told her, also only wrote 250 words a day. (Did Virginia Woolf also dislike her main character?) The door opens and a grown man walks in, the children run to him shouting "Paappa". She smiles as he enters the kitchen and says: How was your day, honey?"


Funny how that happens.


After a little evaluation we have signed on for another ten years.


S1

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to The Dreamteam, which has somewhat expanded from 2 to 4! Happy anniversary xxx S2

Mireille said...

Haa,gefeliciteerd, Claire! Mooi stuk trouwens. Liefs.

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