Sunday, May 30, 2010

Week in Seven Words #17

For the second time in as many weeks, I watch a film that holds my attention and afterwards leaves me feeling inspired and content that I spent time on it. I also watch it with someone who has seen it before, and I like catching his reactions as he anticipates or rediscovers the little moments and details that delight him.

During the talk he gives at the public library, his body sometimes seems to seize up with the force of his words.

A young child's birthday party. Wrapping paper, fragments of cardboard, and colorful plastic figurines litter the floor and slip between sofa cushions. There's pin the nose on the clown (almost every child peeks), and turns taken at a seemingly indestructible pinata (the bat swings wildly, narrowly misses windows and faces). There are water gun fights, mouths and fingers messy with chocolate cake and pizza grease, laughter and smiles, the occasional sulk in the corner, and adventures into the far corners of the yard.

At a bridal shower we eat off paper plates decorated with purple flowers. Lavender candles float in a bowl at the center of the table. There are colorful salads to start with, and then a decadent descent into cheesecake, brownies, and ice cream. Two of the guests fashion an impromptu hat out of wrapping paper, ribbons, and silver bows; the bride-to-be wears it at a becoming angle on her head.

I buy her a birthday gift, and as it turns out, it's the exact same gift she bought for her boyfriend on his birthday last year. It's not a popular gift either, like a best-selling book, but something obscure (it seemed).

Our walk takes us across an open bridge, a row of lampposts on our right, traffic hurtling along on our left, the river dark and speckled with light. Lightning flares across large swaths of sky; we walk more quickly, thinking that no, this is not the best time to find ourselves on a bridge, but that we might as well take the opportunity to be dazzled.

Chiseling the text and graphs so that they all fit on a single page; I'm not there yet, there are still some lines spilling onto page 2, so I need to play around with space, plucking out a word here and there, and slowly it will assume its final compact shape.


John Hayes said...

So much energy in this week's words! The bridal shower, the birthday party & the walk across the bridge all come vividly to life. It's been my observation at the few kid birthday parties I've attended that the pinata is a rather risky game!

HKatz said...

the pinata is a rather risky game
Risky and endearing (it's adorable, the way they flail the bat around... even when it almost whacks into someone's nose).

Thanks for stopping by!

Lucy said...

You have been a party animal this week! I like the sound of the ' decadent descent into cheesecake, brownies, and ice cream'. Here brides-to-be sometimes do a thing called 'enterrer sa vie de jeune fille' (burying her maiden life), where they parade around their village or quartier dressed up and wearing something like the hat you describe.

HKatz said...

dressed up and wearing something like the hat you describe.

That sounds lovely (thanks for sharing - I'll look it up and tell my friend, who is interested in costumes/fashion/fabric).

Relyn said...

These are my favorite posts of yours. Love them! Of course, they leave me full of questions and comments.

First, what movie was it? Now I want to watch it.

And the conviction section - oh my. I always tear up when I listen to such speakers.

I love that you noticed how nearly every child peeks. I'm not sure if that makes me feel sad or if it makes me laugh.

Please tell me someone captures the bride in the hat.

And, of course, I wonder... What was the gift? I am such a Nosey Parker.

HKatz said...

The movie is Casablanca - it's funny, I've watched and enjoyed other movies with Bogart or Bergman or the rest, but that one I had put off seeing. (And the week before that, it was The Heiress - great movie with Olivia de Havilland, based on the book Washington Square.)

What was the gift?
A kit with instructions and materials on how to write calligraphy and make illuminated letters. I was sure she didn't have it!

I'm not sure if that makes me feel sad or if it makes me laugh.
The kids were so obvious about it, and seemed to know they were obvious, and were smiling slyly and sheepishly...

Thanks for stopping by - I enjoy reading your comments and questions!