Last week, I shared our previous Christmas card photos. This year, I wanted:
- an easy statue for Santa hat purposes (so our runner-up will have to wait until a year I feel like packing a gopher grabber and a step stool),
- a short commute (so the perfect statue in Erie was out of the question),
- not to get mugged or worse (actually, I want this every year. Sorry Baltimore, but “Homicide: Life on the Street” was set there for a reason–when the first page of Google results about our statue of interest in Baltimore includes an article about a stabbing in broad daylight nearby, that means no).
So we went back to the scene of 2008. Across the street from Winston Churchill is the Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden. The statue is a bust so it was easily accessible for the hat. He also has some special meaning for us…sort of. We had planned to use “On Marriage” from The Prophet at our wedding. We thought we liked the message (which seemed to be about avoiding the fate of the Beautiful South song “We Are Each Other.”) We thought the officiant would bring it and he thought we would bring it. Wedding FAIL. I wonder if Gibran wrote something “On Stupidity.”
It was probably just as well, as a more recent read made me giggle like a 12-year-old:
“Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup.”
This is good advice, I hate sharing.
“Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.”
Now this just seems inefficient and wasteful, a married couple should easily be able to share a single loaf of bread.
“Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute played by Sting irritate Tracy.”
OK I made that part about Sting up. It’s actually “Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.”
“Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.”
Huh. I would have thought only the heart containers in the Legend of Zelda can contain your hearts.
“And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
My apologies to Mr. Gibran. His words on marriage are still lovely, but I’m done berating myself for not thinking to bring them to our wedding.
Hopefully he will forgive me for poking fun and for placing a Santa hat on his bust at his Memorial Garden. Various of his quotes are engraved at the Memorial site and my favorite was:
“That which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.”
Whoa, I think he understood Einstein’s theory of time considerably better than I did.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TRACY, DAVE, CHUCK,
AND KAHLIL GIBRAN!!!!!!