Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Another thing, before we continue



I know I was telling you about the interview, and Minnie, and I will finish those stories, but right now I have to tell you something else that I just remembered. It happened, before I ever got here, when I was working in a shoe store:

On a bright sunny summer afternoon I looked up from the counter and saw a woman had come in who had long wavy hair to her waist, and water was streaming off of her. She was barefoot and she hesitated in the doorway the way you might if you were figuring out the best route across a sea of broken glass.

She never said a word the whole time I waited on her--and she never did find a pair of shoes she could walk in without pain. She left barefoot, too, and, though she had her back to me, I was pretty sure,from the way she put her hand over her face and her shoulders were shaking, that she was crying.

Another time, I was crossing the street in an American city when I saw a parade of ten men and women in full Revolutionary War uniforms; there was a penny-whistler, a drummer, and they all had on tri-corner hats, too.

I know how to read signs, but I don't know how to know which things are signs, and which things are just whatever they are.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Blumertha said...

well, annoyingly, EVERYTHING is a sign, just as everything is an answer to a question. The trick is not to detect the signs, but of asking the right questions.

July 26, 2006  
Blogger L M said...

A magazine rack, a plastic bucket, an orange thread?

July 26, 2006  
Blogger Blumertha said...

yes, strangely, our attention is always drawn to SOMETHING, but unless we recognise the pattern of our perceptions, our visual knowledge will often remain next to useless. Some people are more perceptive than others. This does not mean that they see more magazine racks etc, but rather they have made greater sense of the things that they see.

July 26, 2006  

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