There was all sorts of big news to share with you today. But I’m dropping it.
Normally, when I write this, I compose my thoughts late in the evening, and put together what springs to mind. On occasion though, there will be days when a “whole lot of this and that” happens. And I say to myself… I’ll have to write about that.
So throughout this particular day… I had quite a few of those “this and thats.”
And after all of this and that…. tonight, we went out to dinner with my brother and sister-in-law. Yes, out to dinner again. Cooking is difficult without electricity. We were getting tired of frozen pizzas. We started put the frozen pizza squares on sticks, so it would be more like a crossover to a popsicle. But enough was enough. Buckeye Jakes for the cooking, tonight.
Anyway, when we got home from dinner, our electric had been restored. Saturday. Sunday. Monday. And let there be light.
We were growing accustomed to the current-less life. I mean. Earlier today, I heard the weather forecast for the upcoming weekend. It is supposed to be much cooler. To which I told Mary…”If our electric is still out this weekend… at least it will be more comfortable for you to sleep at night.”
Hopefully, we are back on for a while. I like having electricity. But when that came back on… my evening got busy. We had some laundry piling up. And lots of extension cords to put away. Clocks to be reset. Windows to be shut. Moth and fly patrol (no screens in windows I just shut.) And on.
Finally, settling down to get our network back in gear, I did a quick once-over of the news. Only to find out that Gene Wilder passed away. He was 83 years and died of complications from Alzheimer’s.
It made me sad to the core. Mostly because of his wife. Yep. The incredible Gilda Radner, was one of my favorite comedic actresses of all time. What a bright and funny star she was…. in her golden years at SNL. She died in 1989.
And then there was Gene. My favorite role of his, by far, was Dr. Frankenstein, in “Young Frankenstein.” Everyone remembers him for Willy Wonka, but there were many other. Like Blazing Saddles. Another great. I just can’t believe he was 83.
But just like that. Both are gone.
Like a flip of the switch.
And here we remain. You and I. Or … so our concepts of life and death go.
But somehow, I continue to believe that is all vibrantly connected. It seems we have no conscious recollection of time before our “worldly” births. Yet, sometimes, I think we tap into this. A Deja Vu. Or a very real dream. That sense that we had been somewhere before. Or sometimes… just those nagging feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on.
And I am hoping it continues to go. Our energies. Our spirits. I can’t pretend that I would know how it works. I don’t think any of us know for sure.
But when we perceive that someone’s life energy has passed on to another place, our deepest deeps can feel it. Like no other feeling we’ve had before.
And so. We go.
But the truest true of the whole deal, this life this time….. IS… The NOW is a precious thing.
That is what I know tonight.
And all the other “this and thats” of the day, are just a piece of our historic memories. I think, for me, it is important to be the very most aware… of the “Right Now.”
And another beautiful thing about it… is we NOW, NOW, NOW have electric. And a little while ago we did not.
With the flip of a switch.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam