Friday, December 20, 2013
Lesser-known Christmas Stories, Part three: Ave Maria, Iterum
"Olá menino. What are you doing?"
"I am meditating upon the pure present. What are you doing?"
"Pulling a plow around in the early 1950s. What does that tell you?"
"That my technique needs work, that I'm not following instructions very well. I'm supposed to ignore the past and future, concentrate on the moment."
"Ah, mau menino! You think the field needs no care, even here, so long ago?"
"I'm not a 'bad baby', Mary. I'm 64 years old!"
"A place to start, followed by another place to start and another."
"Mary, is this true?"
"If the premise is sound, so is the proposal, Geo."
"I'm confused, Mary. Anything you can tell me will be helpful."
"Pobre menino, can one live in the moment when one is a composite of an entire life, a history and future? Consider Isaiah 63:13: "Who led them through the depths? Like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble." We did not stumble because we were bred to have huge hooves."
"Like yours, Mary. Like a work horse. It began there?"
"Yes, we saw a star, full of bioelectric patterns in a state of flux, indicating a being who was not native to our continuum. We were laden with gifts and diapers and ridden across the sand."
"Horses are Christians?"
"Nothing so grandiose, Geo., we are sensitive but never exaggerate ourselves. No we only like to smell babies' heads, just like everybody else."
"Can you advise me, Mary? How do I proceed?"
" I can only give one piece of advice. I know you have trouble with spelling in every language you've studied, but you must --above all errors-- avoid confusing flamenco with flamingo...
At this juncture, the last of my three-part series, I'd like to wish everyone prosperity and peace in this and all seasons. We have a busy Yuletide ahead and mustn't buy too many gadgets. To suddenly transform a society with technology can be harmful and destructive, especially if your forget to buy the proper batteries. I have gone repeatedly back out to stores to correct this oversight. Go thou and do likewise. Merry Christmas!