This month my father celebrates his 92nd birthday. He is in very good health, great spirits and leads a very full and happy life. He continues to create and learn. He is an avid user of Skype and surfs the information superhighway with his iPad.
At the age of 65 in 1985 he suffered a massive heart attack. That same year Mexico City, his city was hit by a horrible earthquake that killed thousands and devastated much.
I separated that year..which by the standards of a conservative Catholic family can be as rattling to the emotions as an earthquake. I did “go back” and try again only to eventually be the first divorced woman in our family and the first divorce in our immediate family.
While I was separated and my father was on a strict regimen which included brisk walks every morning (he has lived an extra 27 years thanks to great choices and much discipline on his part) . I made it a point to join him every morning on his walks.
I am the sixth of his eight children, his youngest daughter and by far not his favorite. The walks were a way to ‘bond’ and that we did, I think they helped me move up somewhat in the likable offspring scale. During one of our walks I noted how close we were to the year 2000 to which my father answered
"You will welcome the next century, I will not."
"I believe you will if you choose to." was my heartfelt response.
Twelve years ago he celebrated the begining of a new century, a new millenium and I dare say today he looks forward and wonders with great hope and might I add a bit of faith. That he will perhaps live to see his 100th birthday in eight years.
one of the many astounding collages by Meg Hitchock made by cutting letters from various books, including the Koran and Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses”. Highly recommend checking the rest of the collection on her site, where you can also see the detailed versions of each piece.
In my text drawings I deconstruct the word of God by cutting letters from sacred writings and rearranging them to form a passage from another holy book. I may cut letters from the Bible and reassemble them as a passage from the Koran, or use letters cut from the Torah to recreate an ancient Tantric text. The individual letters are glued to the paper in a continuous line of type, without spaces or punctuation, in order to discourage a literal reading of the text.