Leave a comment

New Signs

Shiny new signs

Shiny new signs

Signs are new here. Back from Thanksgiving with my parents in Texas, the ten intervening days have brought small but worthy changes. To my eternal childlike delight, the neighbor boys have gone overboard with Christmas decorations, and work on the closed Airport Way bridge proceeds toward opening this month. But I saw the signs on Friday, with the light.

S Lucile Street

S Lucile Street

Look how shiny! A trivial thing, maybe, but their clean new cast the neighborhood in clarity. Gone are the old peeling letters and algae and rust. All through the neighborhood, the city has at last come through and done what the bond issue promised. New signs glow atop their poles.

Today the sun is out and I run outside for the real thing. Sunday mornings have a pensive, held quality. (I imagine the quiet comes from hangovers.) Things that are different highlight themselves: the signs of course, every leaf now down, a ramshackle building’s code violation replaced with a building permit. Kids troop to the Catholic school for the Christmas bazaar like they did last year, but it is this year now.

December 2 Sun

December 2 Sun

Going somewhere and coming back is dissociative, toying with the idea of home. Air travel shrinks distance and time, and time is what we need to understand what happens. Did I really go anywhere? Yes. The signs have changed.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: