火曜日, 12月 07, 2004

A Happy Thing Did Happen Today...

Went to visit Vladimir, Slavic professor into photography who randomly started chatting with when he was standing outside for a smoke. He shows me his photographs (especially the beautiful white nights in St. Petersburg). I bring food and a crude knowledge of Chinese history.

I was starving, so I just started eating while he talked. Then he decides to pull out his camera and capture me wolfing down a banana in unlady-like eagerness. By now, I've sort of resigned myself to the fact that his idea of a good picture is the direct opposite of mine. Then again, he's looking at composition, good lighting, and sense of action. I'm just looking at that double chin.

In the middle of this, a former grad student pops into the office. And--it's the sweetest thing in the world--he has an orange ribbon knotted on the jacket zipper. Though I haven't been following the events in Ukraine that closely, that instant sense of euphoria--just at the sight of an orange ribbon--is beautiful to experience. This is what it must have been like to be at the Berlin Wall in 1989. I was born after or don't remember the crucial DPP protests in the 80s ; when full victory finally came in 2000, it was a beautiful culmination, not this heady revolution. Keep your fingers crossed for December 26. It still might turn into blood and tears--but for now, just savor this flowering of courage.