“The ravings of a madwoman.” That is an insult unless you are like me and aspire to be regarded as mad….not mad in the unstable and manic way, but mad for believing dreams can become real. Mad for seeking out all the possible realities, for creating disturbance and watching the particles settle again. Everyone is just the right shape for defiance.
Between Tucson and Sonoita
Earlier in this series of posts, I mentioned meeting the landscape photographer who led me to Las Cienegas Conservation Area. These are his photos. This is his website.
I can always rely on the sound of the bells jingling from her collar as we run the trail, and later, when I get tired and stop, only the sound of her panting as she sits 10 feet ahead, waiting for me to run again.
My mother was a character. Yep, 100% enthusiasm, live for the moment, competitive, vibrant, friendly, inquisitive. She was the center of our home growing up 70s style. Dad went to work and Mom stayed home. Placing orders with Rusty the milkman – do you have that blueberry ice cream you had last summer? Waving to the mailman – hello Frank! Accepting packages from the G. Fox delivery man – thanks, I’ve been waiting for these dresses forever! And warding off the Fuller Brush salesman – no I don’t need to replace the vacuum today, thank you!
All was kept in good order around the house.
Except, on Saturday afternoons.
Except on Saturday afternoons when Milton Cross broadcast “live from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.”
Suddenly, our innocent little radio that usually gave the weather report or followed the baseball game jumped to life. Our home was filled with strange, guttural sounds that sailed from high to low in a musical cocophony that was hard to follow. Opera! And not just any opera, but German opera.
The music had a strange effect upon my mother. Suddenly she was transported from suburban housewife to concert hall performer. Center stage. A single spotlight. And there was no stopping my mother once she got started. It was a complete concert from soprano to bass. Not just singing in the shower, but windows wide open singing. Our peaceful neighborhood with leafy canopy of oaks on hushed streets echoed with Mozart and Weber, Strauss and Wagner.
An opera diva lived amongst us. On Saturday afternoons.