She noticed the gecko long before we did, stalked it across the lanai, finally separating the tail, seeming to know it would grow another, this game to be replayed on another morning, then stopped, inviting me to capture the small lizard, gently release him outside, good karma I imagine knowing well I could use it.
We have anointed ourselves the highest of species, able to assert our dominion over all which might be fortunate enough to fall within our protection.
Some say we have eliminated species, but they fail to recognize that it was simply survival of the fittest, that Darwinian rules must govern nature’s game.
We mourn those gone, but never pause to consider that based on the game’s rules, we will always finish second on the scale for it is the cockroach who will preserve our legacy when we have all too soon killed ourselves off with our arrogance
As a child, a Jewish child no less, December was always a bit difficult. We had Channukah, which no Jew would dare claim grew solely to compete with Christmas, although we all knew that was precisely what had happened.
The problem was Christmas, but had nothing to do with Jesus, or the church or even its historical teachings about the supposed role we Jews played in that story, a role for which we had been paying for two millennia.
The problem was far more basic, and all you needed to do was drive down virtually any street in any city and it would be at once apparent. Christmas-celebrating homes were decked out in all colors of lights, while Jewish homes, those few who competed, were left with a palate of white and blue, or up to nine candles, and that was a guaranteed for sure last place finish in the December game.
When it all ends, just what will you being doing the moment before. Of course you cannot know, for you have no idea just when it will end. And if it ends as a result of your actions, then you won’t know that it is your action that is ending it, so that is no winner in this game. And before you get lost in thought, ponder this simple concept deeply first. Since I haven’t told you what it is, you can’t know even when it ends. And by the way it just did.
We agree we must learn the rules, to master the game, practice until the moves are second nature. We have three weeks to do all of this, then Place the game box back on the shelf to be discovered and taken down, opened spread out on the table, impatience controlling. Want to ensure that one of us will win, at least at first, though we know that in time she will handily best us as she always does. But just this once we hope to get a leg up on our eight-year-old granddaughter.