". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hello, Young Lovers

Home from the library, running to the supermarket for a few things, under a thunder clouding sky.

Ahead of me on the sidewalk are two young Europeans, wrapped up in each other.

I catch up to them at the Houston  pedestrian crosswalk, where they, like I,  wait for our pedestrian crosswalk light.

At that moment the young woman leaps upon her lover, wraps her legs around his hips, her arms around his neck.  He is enthralled.

Automatically I throw up my arms to ward off being struck by two bodies. In this moment, the young woman cries, "I am so sorry!  Did I hurt you?  I am so sorry!  Did I hit you?"

I, under the spell of their charm and youth say, "Not at all."  She said, "I'm so sorry.  I should be more careful."  I smile. "Whatcha gonna do when you're young, in love and in lust all at the same time?"

The eyes of the young lovers get wide.  They smile.  The lovely young man asks, "Are you French?"  "No," I answer.

Then she looks at my Jamestown t-shirt, which says, "Got History." She says, "You are the sort who makes history!"

We cross the street together, talking about the difference among making history, being history and writing history

Where Arturo's has been for decades we continued our separate paths.

Sometimes, even now, this city surprises me in the most splendid way.  Let's hear it for young love! Young love, it is still in effect -- YAY!


T. said...

While we're at it, let's hear it for ALL love!!


T. said...

While we're at it, let's hear it for
ALL love!!


Foxessa said...

Yeah, why not hear it for all love!

Love, C.