Thursday, February 5, 2009

Then and Now

A couple of days ago a friend of mine was telling me of her heartbreak over the way her teenage daughter treats her.
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These days I count the lady who cleans my house as one of my dearest friends.
Today DH is taking a Russian businessman to lunch
and showing him around as he has an interest in becoming involved financially in this country.
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What have these in common?, you may be thinking -or alternatively: "What the heck has she been smoking!?"
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Here's the thing:
Everything changes.
We all know that
But every now and then it really hits home.
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I remember
being crushed by my own kids' treatment many times.
They were kids and I was the mom.
Its part of the deal
And that's how it works in their world.
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But that was then and this is now -
When my kids are among my greatest joys in life
And their words are often the ones that build me up.
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I remember
when black people seemed to all look the same to me
Because I didn't know them as individuals.
When we didn't and couldn't know them
and all the richness that is in so many of them.
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But that was then and this is now -
When we have found each other
in spite of the politician's efforts to keep enmity and suspicion between us
Now we really *see* each other
And talk and share and laugh together
This is what we were deprived of all those years
But we have it now.
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I remember
a time when every movie villain was a Russian
Don't you?
The Cold War; dreaded KGB; the drab grey settings;
the tortures . .
The locked-in-ness of the Russian people by their Communist oppressors;
the unthinkable restriction of life
and thought and creativity and association.
Seemingly impregnable and eternal.
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But that was then and this is now -
When the Russians are once again persona grata
and are part of the fabric of
the economic system
Their businessmen travel the world -
without secret miniature cameras or pocket nuclear arms.
And here they are, right in my small part of geography,
as if it had been this way forever.
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It helps to think of things in this light
when life is pressing hard.
There is always hope
The seemingly impossible often happens
Just in it's time
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11 comments:

Hayley said...

Oh wow Allie, awesome awesome post!

Kevin Davis said...

Very cool.

Anonymous said...

Wow - you been doing ALOT of thinking!! Nice to read it all in a neat digestable bundle! Chat soon. :) Lisa.

Kirsty said...

I love that last paragraph...sensational! x
BTW - thanks for your comments...all 3 of them! hee hee! Yes - all 3 made it! Don't ask me what was up with typepad! Sometimes there is just a small delay before it (the comment) magically appears on the blog!

Rambler said...

Cool post... yep, this too shall pass... that's why I always believe everything will be fine... because it eventually passes, no matter how good or bad...

Joanne said...

Wow you are so wise Ali.

Simply-Mel said...

!!!! Epic post !!!!

Frank J said...

If I were a throng of people - this would be a standing ovation!

allie said...

In the classic words of Elvis:
"Thang you, thang you very much"

Gill said...

What a brilliant insightful post!!

Deon said...

Cool post ma!