CORNER WINDOW by Jeff Hartzer
#014 February, 2008
From our corner window this month, we feel our lifetimes slipping by. There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way. If you love plastic grass in your backyard, rejoice. It can be done. Horses, cows, and pastures more your view of life? So be it; order up some artificial turf or let your yard be your living room. Homelessly walking down Second Street ? Sadly, that too can be yours. Whether you drive a fast car with even faster car payments or drive a paid-for older model, drive that car the best you can; be safe, and enjoy the ride. There’s no rust in New Mexico. Each day, the sun sets; the moon rises. You own your life, spend it in your own way.
We join the rats and mice celebrating their very own Chinese New Year. Stand up and sing, little mouse, as you are the very first sign of the Chinese Zodiac. Just watch out for owls, hawks, snakes, and such. All things begin anew this month with the first of twelve new animal years. Can the blue planet last twelve more years? Singer, David Bowie only gave us ‘Five Years’ (a millennium ago). Look how wrong he was. In the year 2020, will there be any ‘vacant land’ left alongside Rio Bravo Boulevard? By then, will they have finally fixed the bumpy on-ramp to I-25 North? Will all the dreams of the South Valley have come true? If we can live lifetimes in a single day, how many will pass in twelve years?
Good times and Bad times have already scored in 2008. This month began with tornados smashing through the South, a spat of multi-victim "shooting gallery" killings, a truly super Super Bowl, and a Super (fat) Tuesday all thrown in for good luck. Hey, did you give up Lent for beer this time around? We can live lifetimes before Easter; even more will pass before baseball season opens.
No matter how your days go this year, take time to enjoy the sounds and sights of the remaining sandhill cranes and geese winging away from their mid-winter New Mexican condos. Witness as the Big Dipper replaces Orion overhead. Stars are brightest on the darkest nights. Enjoy the final passages of indoor teevee and reading. Ready yourself to plow under the last shards of winter time soon.
Celebrate the feast of St. Valentine every day. Lifetimes can pass in the time it takes to say, ” I Love You.” Love is a good thing. Even in the worst of times, we give our best to those we love. Thank you, dear troops, for volunteering to fight for our country so that we do not have to do so. One minute spent ‘living your lifetime’ in Iraq can ruin your whole day. Tax rebates anyone? How about bringing our kids home, where they can live longer lifetimes with those they love. Might also save us a few billion bucks a day.
It’s true. We can live lifetimes in a single day. It’s time to begin.
Jeff Hartzer © 2008