Monday, February 26, 2018

Week in Seven Words #386

The conference room smells like grease, leather, and aftershave. The attendees, mostly men, scarf down pizza and sit on colorful plastic chairs. They're talking about cutting-edge technology, while pretending that they're in a school cafeteria. There are board games stacked on every table.

The giant seated ballerina looks like a float that broke off from a parade and came to rest among skyscrapers.

Ten years ago, did you imagine your life as it is now? (When I ask her this, she shakes her head and frowns.) So that means that ten years from now, your life may also become something you can't currently imagine. Hopefully in a good way. You aren't stuck.

After demanding that he prove his identity, they ask him a bunch of questions about himself. Like, "What's your nickname for string cheese?" He answers each one, but they look skeptical, telling him that they're not sure it's really him. These are the kind of mind games older siblings come up with.

Building a fragile trust with the baby, who smiles with saliva-bubbly lips and then breaks into a wail.

Sunlight, green leaves, and a pale gray pond in the early morning.

Balloons float off into a dusky sky as the orchestra warms up.


Brian Joseph said...

Your comment about “future” is making me think. There was a time when ten years seemed an unimaginative period of time. Now ten, even twenty years seems like such a short time period.

Roderick Robinson said...

At eighty-two one doesn't lightly project one's existence ten years forward. Come to think of it, I didn't even do so when I was seventy-two. It seemed dangerous to presume. Technology proceeds in utterly surprising leaps and bounds and possibly it may be that the oblivion I will eventually enter will be equipped with more congenial devices for passing time. After all, Proust died in 1922, aged 51 - more than enough time for him him to have written a sequel to À la recherche... That would ocupy me for a little while.

HKatz said...

@ Brian and Roderick: I enjoyed your thoughts on time and perceptions of time.