Sunday, July 16, 2006

anti matter

Last summer my goals were simple: I wanted to read through a series of Russian poets and finish the book AGAIN. But this summer they focus around two houses, children home from school, a new relationship and really too much emotional growth for one almost forty year old woman.

God why doesn’t age ever sound sexy?

I realized this morning that REALLY the only goal I had was to take Teo to Orchestra Hall to hear music; he is an eleven year old from Ecuador who discusses music with me like it is baseball. He plays the violin; he stands at the stone arch bridge and plays the violin for money. We debate who is better, Mozart or Beethoven—we decide on neither.

It should be noted here: I know nothing about music. It was my great downfall in high school that while others were discussing bands, I was in fact reading those Russian poets. Then you add, my parents idea of culture was to take me to a Crystal Gale concert (she had wonderful hair) well, I’m doomed.

Truth: music leads to other conversations with Teo and I hold out for those. Another truth: children and old people are the only human beings really worth talking to, b/c they tell you exactly what they think, and you can actually have an intelligent conversation without having to dig for it.

For example, on the forth of July while watching fireworks Teo and I discussed anti matter, how it was his favorite thing, and how it was impossible to gain reliable information b/c it was constantly changing. I asked him if he thought anti matter was needed in the universe b/c of this fact, if we controlled anti matter, would then the whole chaos theory of existing be thrown out of whack?

We discussed human beings need to control, instead of coming along side and what really needed to be invented was something that did not “control” anti matter’s energy but merely followed it, like a wave.

When living with unpredictability one must give up the need to know. Note: I have been unable to accomplish this!!!!!! Another side note: science and inter personal relationships---not that different.

Teo has never been inside a concert hall, I believe it is the one thing in the universe I can change in July.

9 comments:

Radish King said...

Finding this post was as good as finding the miracle raspberries in my back yard.

And you and Teo came to the correct conclusion about Mozart and The Bee.

Good to see you little sister. I hope you're celebrating.

LJCohen said...

"Another truth: children and old people are the only human beings really worth talking to, b/c they tell you exactly what they think, and you can actually have an intelligent conversation without having to dig for it."

So true, Treezaa. That's why I love running poetry workshops with kids. Preferably kids under the age of 14. Something kicks in with the changes of puberty and some internal censor makes is so much more difficult for the older kids to be honest with themselves in their writing.

10 year olds rock in that regard.

Hope you and your kiddos are enjoying your summer.

xo
lj

LKD said...

Oh, you.

That's all I can say. With the greatest admiration and affection.

Oh, you.

early hours of sky said...

I've missed you all a great deal!

Blair said...

Can I help you send Teo to see a concert in a concert hall?
As an expat semi Ecuadorean, it just seems like I should.

LitByFire said...

Can you send Teo here? I will take him to anything he wants to see or hear.

You rock.

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