Frankie: “Sue, listen to me. Do you know how much I worry about you? This much (scrunches fingers) You know why? Because you have something that I’ve never seen in any other person. When stuff happens to you, you bounce.”
Franke: “Yeah. And that’s huge. It’s something I’ve always admired about you. Listen, I’m not saying everything comes easy for you. If it did, you wouldn’t be my kid. But the one thing I do know is that you have so many amazing qualities that can’t be measured by the SATs.”
Sue: “Do you know what I am, Mom?”
Sue: “I am indefatigable.”
Frankie: “Yes you are.”
There’s this popular Japanese proverb that goes, Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
I get it. I thought I got it. It sounds so easy. Fall down. Stand up. Fall down. Stand up. Like it’s instantaneous. Like it’s easy. It’s not. It can be hard to stand up, it can take a long, long time. There are things between those words, fall down, stand up, that complicate things.
But get up. Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
20 pages into this book and I’ve already had to look up definitions to the following:
Cabeza Prieta (Spanish for “black head,” apparently some kind of desert-dwelling demon; also a name of a mountain in the Sonoran Desert)
signcutting (the act of identifying tracks or signs left by animals or humans traveling in the wilderness)
La Migra (slang for INS or border patrol)
I don’t want to be an expert. Wondering if there is any room left for the relentlessly curious, the perpetual wonderer.
*Tip toes into the room*
Light floods the space in a momentary darkness that bursts into shards of white and violet sparkles.
Is anyone still here?
Well I am.
Not a traditional choice, but apt for Christmas-time viewing in my opinion. The book is even better.
A little challenge to distract myself, to pull myself out of my latest mental rut.
FYI: Math has always been a four-letter word to me. But so has fear.
1. The dryer here is not working. Hasn’t been for a week, apparently. Landlords (i.e., my relatives) don’t look like they plan to address this any time soon.
2. Been dreaming of quilts. Like a whole trunk full of quilts, like in the olden days.
3. It’s raining here and I need to do laundry. Sure would be nice to have a working dryer.
4. I’m headed to a laundromat.