This Week Ten Years Ago

The Week of 5/21/2006

Witty one liner: Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most

Quote of the week: [No quote]

Offbeat oddity (courtesy of the planner): The latest record for jamming people into a Volkswagon Beetle? Twenty-five Austrians set it in 2000.

Brain Teaser (courtesy of the planner): “Therein lies the secret!” proclaimed Sherlock. “There is a 7-letter word in English that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters.” What’s the word.

 

The humor in this witty one liner is the fact that I can be so exceedingly scatterbrained that I forget everything. I lose things on a fairly regular basis. I try to be hyper vigilant and on top of these things, but inevitably The Boyfriend and I will be halfway to the subway and I will remember something I forgot back at the apartment or I will be just about to pull my backpack on when I realize I am only in pants and a bra. I don’t think I have quite lost my mind yet, but some days it feels like a very close thing. There are some people who I just do not understand how they have managed to survive this long in the world without being eaten alive or run over multiple times for their incompetency.

Again, not quote from 16 year old me, but here is one from 26 year old me. I heard it while listening to a podcast and it resonated with me:

Psalm 139 – For you yourself created my inmost parts. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will thank you because I am marvelously made. Your works are wonderful, and I know it well. My body was not hidden from you while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the Earth. Your eyes beheld my limbs yet unfinished in the womb. All of them were written in your book.

This quote resonated with me on several levels. The first of which being the idea that who I am is perfect and was predetermined by God. I know that this quote doesn’t say that directly, but that is what I take from it. “Your works are wonderful” and I am one of your works, therefore, I am wonderful just the way I am. God knew what I would be before I was finished and was pleased with it. This quote makes me think of my LGBTQ friends and family, most especially my trans friends and family. To me it says they are perfect and beautiful no matter what the hell anyone on earth has to say about it.

On a different level it reminds me of how I am with my characters. I know them inside and out and love each and every one of them. I craft them from their bones up and set them out into the world and mark down their adventures. I know their thoughts and feelings; their pasts, presents, and futures. I knew them before they were born, before anyone else ever met them. Not a complete God complex, but close.

My sister used to drive a Volkswagen Beetle and I have a very hard time imagining 25 people fitting inside it, even if they were 25 small children. There was no space in that car for two people much less 25.

Answer to the brain teaser! Therein

Apparently, I went to Lake George that weekend, but I cannot remember for the life of me what we did there : ( Oh how quickly the memories fade.

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