Two of our dearest friends, Jessica and Suzette, came for dinner last night; we all go back to Carleton University in the late sixties. Jessica became a well-known curator of modern art, and Suzette is an acclaimed screenwriter who lives part of the year in L.A. Together, we are a gaggle of vibrant biddy buddies who go way back and have a great deal to say.
Here are Jessica’s pictures of us after dinner:
It made me think of the beautiful Simon and Garfunkle song, Old Friends, so I looked it up.
Sat on their parkbench like bookends
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes
of the high shoes of the old friends
Lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sun
The sounds of the city sifting through trees
Settles like dust on the shoulders of the old friends
Sharing a parkbench quietly
How terribly strange to be seventy
Silently sharing the same fears
How terribly strange to be seventy, we thought way back then. And now here we are, or almost. Unimaginable – and yet we are redefining age as we go. No dust on our shoulders, quiet folk sitting on park benches in this neck of the woods.
And incidentally, speaking of old folk, my aunt is getting better, the pain is less, her brain is fully functional even if her legs are not. How terribly strange to be ninety-eight is more like it.
Tonight, I’m throwing a neighbourhood event for Megann Willson; poor woman, she bravely threw her hat into the municipal ring some months ago and now is facing unprecedented chaos as our dictatorial premier challenges the courts. A nightmare. So tonight, instead of listening to a serious progressive candidate speak about her platform, we will try to figure out if there is actually an election and what has happened to democracy in our province.
Thursday, work starts – my home class, getting me up to scratch before Ryerson launches next Monday, the class there almost full already. What happened to summer? Over in a blink.
It’s mild and not actually raining after yesterday’s dreadful cold downpour, but cloudy and grey. To cheer me up, I remember Eli on the weekend. He and Holly were looking at the enormous maple tree in my front yard, and Holly asked him, “What do you think that tree would say if it could speak?”
Eli considered carefully.
“WHY AM I STUCK HERE?” he said.
A reminder for those of you in town: this event coming right up.