Thursday, January 1, 2009
the low-profile reveler
hope you all had a great new years eve! any stories to share? i admit that i enjoy staying home to welcome the new year. my share of mind-rattling new year celebrations are well behind me and i don't miss them. especially the nightclub ones. one year i got stuck at the bargain clown mart lounge in LA, another time at a suffocating club in new york, and i didn't care about the new year in the least; all i wanted was out. the friends who dragged me there knew me well enough to keep tabs on me; if we got separated, one would nudge the other and say "go find aimo; she must be freaking out by now. or she's already bolted." and then there was the jam-packed puerta del sol in madrid with champagne bottles smashing all around, the fiesta bowl block party in phoenix, and... oh my... i'm glad that i've been there and done it, but crowds are no longer for me.
everyone in our household was asleep by 9 pm including mr. artsyville so i just doodled around happily with a glass of wine until a bit after midnight.
this year i think i'll start including bits of what i'm reading. right now i'm finishing up 'seeing' by jose saramago and starting 'the master and margarita' by bulgakov. artsygirl and i were having doughnuts at a bookstore this morning, lost in our reads, when our neighbor saw us and came over to mention what a nice mother-daughter moment it was to see us reading to ourselves and each other. and then it hit me what a moment it really was; a year ago such a thing would have been impossible. she would have been running around the store, pulling books off the shelves, causing scenes and so on. something happened on her way to six. her mind matured, her curiosity took off and her reasoning skills sharpened. no longer do i have to constantly watch her and say "do this" or "don't do that" out of necessity to keep her safe and our home intact. i'm transforming from police officer to guide, which is a role i much prefer. i mentioned this to my neighbor and she said in her sweet turkish accent, "you're becoming friends now."
a quiet day, a good start.
Posted by aimee