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Who was Cassandra?


  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.

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October 25, 2007

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He's a cool dude. Have you ever told him how many fans he has online? Or maybe he reads your blog, for all I know.

Just fascinating. I hope I'm that articulate and interesting as a nonagenarian. (I can pretty much guarantee I'll be cranky.)

Always wonderful to read of your father-in-law. Fascinating man.

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Jean sent me here this morning and I'm glad I took the time. Thanks for sharing your conversation with this lovely man. He's mostly at peace and that's a gift....really I think you're a gift too!

It reminds me of my mother, who broke her hip at 90, and died within the year. She said, 'Everything was wonderful until I reached 90, and then everything went wrong, and now I've had enough -- I'm ready to go.' I don't imagine that there are many people who really reach that stage - unless they are being tortured, or are living in terrible privation - and even then it seems to be very difficult to let go of life. I admire those who can genuinely say good-bye.

Thanks, Dave, Leslee, Dale, Sylph. I told him yesterday for the first time that I write about him online, and that lots of people "know" him and care about him. He doesn't really understand what or how that can be, but he was pleased with the idea!

LH - yeah, we'll all be cranky I bet!! I don't think you'll have a problem with the articulateness, somehow...

Hi Nancy! It's great to hear from you. These people who live so long, like your mother, my father-in-law, and both my maternal grandparents, seem really remarkable to me. I guess I'm fascinated to know whether they have really gained wisdom from all those years. It seem cruel that they have to suffer physically, dying so gradually, but in general they do seem to reach a point of acceptance and even impatience. I'm glad that was true for your mother.

He's remarkable, but I admire the way you talk with him too; you seem to hit just the right balance between sympathy and challenge, being upbeat but not falsely bright and cheerful. The lack of taste of everything, whether it's the food of your youth or the New Yorker, must be difficult,the laham bi ajeen sounds delicious to me!

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