This is an unusual post for me…all mushy stuff opening with a couple of questions, followed by a few statements of fact, and ending with a sigh of relief.
First – a year ago this June 1 my beautiful wife, shimmyshark to WordPress People…but forever Char mi amor to me, exchanged marriage vows with me. That was something I never imagined happening again in my life…but some lifetimes a guy just gets lucky. My first question is – what is the traditional anniversary gift for a one-year anniversary? I know the various anniversaries all have some element or other symbolic substance associated with them. Am I write in thinking it is paper? I think I recall that from somewhere. I could look it up in a minute on the internet, I guess, but I’m done looking stuff up on the internet for the week.
This leads to my second question – what in the world do I give the such a special woman as a gift that is made of paper, if my recollection is true? She got me a bottle of Chilean wine…Pinot Noir…my favorite, which is hard to come by and expensive here since the climate is not conducive to growing those tiny grapes that are cultivated at a very limited range in altitude and under conditions that are rare in South and Central America. I know about this bottle of Pinot because I’m a snoop, and I helped her unpack groceries after her shopping trip the other day, despite her protestations she didn’t need my help. If it is paper, that leads me to a statement –
My wife, the budding photographer, is having her work published for the first time next week in a poetry collection created by my friend from Pakistan, Maryam Shahbaz. There is also an exhibition of her work being planned within the next month.
After only a few months of taking photography seriously, and being limited by the fact that the only cameras we have are a cell phone and an ancient digital thing, I’m extremely proud of her.
This is a self portrait she did one morning on our balcony. I repeat, how lucky can a guy get?
Our move from Seattle to Central America might have helped a bit, giving her a colorful and constantly changing palette of images to work with. But, the eye is hers, so we’ll toast her eyes next Saturday, along with the rest of her.
And, speaking of Maryam Shahbaz…
A communique arrived from Pakistan. Some tough times have been had by a young woman who deserves much better, but things work out. Her first collection of poetry, The Light Behind the Veil, is in the final stages of incubation…a few alignment edits with the printer, a few other minor publishing issues, and she’s off and running as a new voice in Pakistani poetry, a country known for its storytellers and poets.
Maryam is a private person, not used to the spotlight or a lot of attention, so I promised her I would not air any of our communications other than the fact she was alright and will return to the world of WordPress once her poetry collection is out and things calm down for her and her family.
The recent elections in Pakistan, in which the conservative forces of Flat-World-ism won out, stomping on the face of any hopes for the Progressive movement toward a better world for all of that country’s citizens instead of the favored few.
I told her I know how she feels, having lived through a few of those Back-to-the-Past elections which brought a New World Order in name only to the United States. I can empathize with her and her country’s disappointments.
Here’s hoping for the best for her and Pakistan.
Anyway…I’m off. Still trying to figure out this anniversary thing. And, if paper it is, I guess paper it will be. What does one give to someone so special made of paper? A book of poetry with her photos in it?