The Blue Raccoon

Saturday, January 21, 2006

The Game Each Of Us Loses

The first few weeks of (January isn't over) 2006 has collected a number of talents and powers in the City of Richmond upon whom we'd come to depend. Their taking was a combination of the actuarial and absurd: Bryan (49) and Kathryn (39) Harvey, and their daughters, Stella (9) and Ruby (4) --musician, entrepreneur, mirth makers--to murder; David S. "Peter" Kilgore, 80, last surviving founder of the more than half-century old Barksdale Theater-- to lung cancer; Edmund Addison "Ned" Rennolds Jr., 90, symphony founder, with his predeceased wife Mary Anne Rennolds, cultural lights--to natural causes; William Leigh Carreras, 61, who with his surviving wife Rejena, a patron and supporter of the culture and arts throughout the region, in particular the Hand Workshop (now Visual Arts Center of Richmond) and the Richmond Ballet, to cancer; amazing artist and astounding educator at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts and the center of many, many front parlor conversations, a dancer and delighter, husband of artist and imparter of wisdom Eleanor Rufty, Richard Carlyon, non-agerian, to cancer.

This is what the passing of the torch sounds like.

Wonder if we're up to it.

One good thing: The mirror at World of Mirth is back on the sidewalk. I'd not seen it in so long--has it only been two weeks? Feels like two months--I'd forgotten how tall it was. This morning, on my way to get the papers, I paused and modeled myself before its distortive powers, and chuckled to see myself reduced to two pairs of feet, and danced a sidewalk shuffle with myself; and on the other side, my fedora converted to a stovepipe, and my body a Lincoln of pulled taffy.

Yup. That's what it's all about. And aforementioned all understood.


At 8:20 AM, Blogger Botschaft said...

Greetings, from the land of the sleep deprived munchkins....
Life just goes on, doesn't it? And we have to make the best of it and enjoy it to the fullest.

At 1:11 PM, Anonymous louvre said...

So happy to know that Alice and Harry and all the folks of Wonderland will have a looking glass to reflect in. There may not be as much mirth but there will be more love.

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous DVS said...

Your up to the passing of the torch.
I'm glad the mirror is back up.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger HEK said...

Thanks Botschaft, Louvre and DVS for your comments. Yes, our mirror is back. That's a start.--

At 6:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

take the torch or it will pass you by, I suppose.

We might find ourselves old and in the dark one day, if lucky, some would say.

old and surprised to learn that the torch we anticipated all those years had passed and we were asleep.

or too hesitant at negotiating the heat imagined there for our imagined grasp.

It is nice to think they might pass the torch this way.

Harry----all that is nothing, but to say I enjoyed your post, I mourn our friends and family and hope for more goofy reflections and love. CTS


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