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12/26/2008

Please Remit

Now the trick is to pay for all that stuff. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Among the gifts I received yesterday, was a book of prose and poetry. "The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker". I have glanced through some of it - I think I would have liked knowing this woman. She was, if nothing else, an early Twentieth Century smartass - before it was fashionable for a woman to be a smartass. She was wise, witty and, for years, suicidal. She attempt suicide on at least three occasions - all, fortunately, unsuccessful. She was a depressive, she drank and she had any number of extra marital affairs. She was one whom it might be said, "She lived her life at a merry pace". Knowing what I know of Dorothy Parker, I think I am going to enjoy this book.

But my best gift was Christmas Eve, for on Christmas Eve I had my whole family together. Grannie, Annie, Louie, Alex and Lynn, and Zachary and his girlfriend Lisa. An evening of gift exchanges and food and conviviality ended as we have never ended any other. Louie had purchased a copy of "Across the Universe" as a gift for Grannie and we all sat together, late on Christmas Eve, into Christmas Morning, to watch the movie. If you have ever seen "Across the Universe" you'll appreciate the special nature of the fact that during the movie, no one got up to leave the room. No drinks gotten. No bathroom trips. We all were in amazement that Grannie sat there and actually enjoyed that movie - she thought the scene with the 5 Selma Hayaks was a bit over the top, but other than that, she liked it. We ALL liked it.

These times when we are all together are too rare.


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Ndinombethe.

"As I go, I am wearing you".

All of you.

Thank you, Tash, for teaching this to me.

14 comments:

Jientje said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!
I think I would like that movie too, I searched for some trailers on You Tube and I liked it!
Enjoy your holiday Lou!

hockeychic said...

I absolutely loved "Across the Universe" and am glad to hear that you did too. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Blessings to you and your family for 2009!

Shadow said...

your christmas sounds perfect! gotta read up on ms. parker me thinks. sounds like my cup of tea...

maggie's mind said...

Sounds like the perfect way to spend Christmas. Ours was similar in the sense of enjoying the togetherness, and I'm thrilled we get more of it. I haven't read Dorothy Parker or seen the movie, so I just might have to look into both.

Christy said...

That sound magical!

(And I think me and Dorothy might have been friends back in the day, although I'm sure she would have sarcastically teased me mercilessly)

Karen said...

Your Christmas Eve sounds like a lot of love going on. I had to be content to just talk to my family on the phone. Even if I were still living in a "real" house, I would have had to do that. One in Maryland, one in Colorado, and one in Georgia. And me in Arizona.

Huckdoll said...

Sounds like a magical Christmas Eve. Perfect. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Lou.

Joyce-Anne said...

Sounds like a lovely evening. I have not seen "Across the Universe". I will have to look into it, I have a strong feeling my husband would like it.

Loraine said...

I love Dorothy Parker- I read a biography a few years ago. I think I could stand to see the likes of her replace people like those bitchy women on those annoying daytime talk shows... ick.

Kelley said...

The perfect Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas to you Lou, and your wonderful family.

LceeL said...

Jientje: I did have a wonderful Christmas.

Hockeychic: Thank you. The same to you and yours.

Shadow: She was an amazing woman.

Maggie's Mind: She is worth looking into - but hte movie can get just a bit strange.

Christy: Dororthy Parker is SO you.

Karen: I know, babe. That's tough when they're all spread out.

Huckdoll: Thank you, Huckdoll. The same to you and a Happy New Year.

Joyce-Anne: You might like it, too.

Loraine: Absolutely.

Kelley: Thank you, Kelley. And the very self same to you and yours, as well.

Momisodes said...

Sounds like it was a lovely Christmas. Time together is so special.

I love that you've already started peeking through your book. That's wonderful!

I've never seen Across the Universe. I'm off to Google :)

NicoleB said...

I am glad you had a wonderful evening and a great time with your family!

(Btw. did you change anything in your comment feed? I'm not getting your comments via my reader no more)

Ree said...

I share my life with someone who loves Salma Hayek. I'll have to suggest this movie.

Your holiday sounds happy and fulfilling Lou. All the best to you and yours in 2009.