Greetings for the New Year, dear eFriends!
Thank you so much for all your notes and thoughts. My online absence hasn't been due to some cosmic chasm. Blame my cephalopod way of life (and sorry for referencing myself -- smacks of geriatric reminiscing) with multiple projects reaching in all directions. There must be some sensible name for this chronic condition?
|Happy New Year!|
Also celebrating my Grandmère's 100th birthday from afar.
I missed the grand family reunion in Asia
so we sent a video greeting instead.
The holidays were an opportunity to reconnect with family and old friends from around the world. Too much to tell you. Recent life has resembled a merry innkeeper's. We've been welcoming a stream of out-of-town guests at home with just enough time for fresh linens in between. Our evenings have been marked by live music, good spirits (libation and disposition, both), and interesting discourse! It's been a marvelous month-and-a-half.
Which brings me to an homage I wanted to make. My dearest grandmother, Grandmère to us, just turned 100 this week. Her legendary wit is undimmed though her own memory might be. Call her the upbeat version of Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess -- barbs not meant to cut but rather to induce laughter! Her biggest accessory is a broad smile (and perhaps, huge dark glasses).
|I find the sweater's asymmetric hemline -|
short in front, long in the back -
an interesting counterpoint
to the horizontal stripes
Our Grandmère was the pillar behind our Granddaddy, now gone but a towering public figure for us, whose life was driven by principles of integrity and civic duty. (Meritocracy and anti-Nepotism were indelibly imprinted in us through them ... Pardon me but big words tend to surface whenever we think of our grandparents.) We are so proud that my grandmother and her sisters earned their Bachelors of Science back in the '30s, at a time and place when few women were encouraged to do so. Their role model? Florence Nightingale (whom many may not know was a gifted mathematician)! Emulating the Lady with the Lamp, they believed intellectual gifts were meant to be bundled with public service - all tied up with ribbons of gaiety and song for the loveliest of packages.
My grandparents also believed in a simple life beyond reproach. I still recall their insistence on receiving gifts only from family and close friends lest anything be considered a bribe, or worse, turn out to be a bomb! (Trojan horses come in all shapes and sizes.) Coming from a country cleft by poverty and antiquated rules of Class, they wanted no part in a lavish lifestyle which could be misinterpreted.
So here I am, beginning 2013 in my comfortable, "everyday" clothes of sweater dresses and jeans, accessorized only with large sunglasses and a smile - just like my dear Grandmère.
Wishing you all a wonderful start to the year!