Thursday, April 12, 2007

At Day's End

W.P. Kinsella, author of "Shoeless Joe", the novel upon which "Field of Dreams" is based, and "The Iowa Baseball Confederacy" wrote: "If you're lucky, in a lifetime you get one moment in which you'd like to live forever. One moment when you'd like to be frozen in time, in a landscape, a painting, a sculpture, or a vase. "


I think we run through life with several of those moments accumulated in our consciousness. They are the gems we take out and examine when the existence becomes too weary and the nights seem to last too long. Maybe, as a way to better ourselves, we should become more attuned to these moments. Maybe at the end of the evening, as we are drifting off to sleep, we should think back and find one of these moments in each day. String enough of those moments together and they become electric.

If we make our own reality, then we also make our own dreams.


15 comments:

SQT said...

One of my favorite memories was when I was going to school in Japan. I went to a beautiful island near Hiroshima with two good friends. I remember riding the boat at night and seeing the lights of the island reflected off of the Tori gate at the entrance. It was just gorgeous.

It was that perfect time of Autumn when the leaves on the trees were shading from red to orange and gold. You could see the shrines kind of hiding between the trees and the rock stairs that wound around the island to the top. I took lots of pictures, but nothing so perfect as my memory of that day.

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Fab said...

Stewart, that's a beautiful post. There are moments I think about, of which I hoped I could relive. Pieter passed on almost 10 years now, but I still remember us in the garden. Almost a snapshot in time. But there is always that bitter taste when remembering. Because you can never relive that moment. I'm just glad I have them as memory.

etain_lavena said...

That is just awesome and so true....:)
Thanks for that!

deslily said...

for me the reason to want to live forever at that "moment".. is the feeling you have then. You are so right that it can be a "true moment" you had.. or the feeling you have looking at a painting or in reading a book. (there are some books I would gladly "go into" *as in Inkheart* and stay forever.

I guess I had one of "those moments" the first and only time my eyes looked upon the Grand Canyon..if i remember back.. i know I wanted that moment to last forever. (I was very emotional..having always felt I would never see such a sight in my lifetime)

oh..and about that eyecandy/ old folks home... for me they'd also have to be blind! But hey, I lost "proud" long ago LOL

Sphinx Ink said...

Stewart, I'm glad to see you posting again...I missed the first couple of days you were back--don't know why the RSS feed from your blog to my home page doesn't seem to be working. When I saw you'd posted a comment on Charles Gramlich's blog I realized you might be back on your own blog and checked it out. Anyway, welcome back. Hope your "rest" was restful, or productive in some way (if not in terms of getting more fiction written)!

As for your post, I identify so much with what you're saying. I too have a number of "frozen moments" in my memory that refresh me when I'm despondent or just need a break from current reality. Thanks.

Stewart Sternberg said...

SQT, that is a great picture to paint. I think recalling these moments is important to preserving them. Time does shift and change things.
FAB I think there are two elements to the gems that we hold, one is that they are tied somehow to other people, that they are moments shared. Sometimes. And the other is that of the recounted moments here so far, they are tied in with nature. Me? I tend to look back at quiet moments. Little moments. I can't say my moments are grand in nature, although nature may play a small role in it.

Thanks Etain. I just had a thought. I am not a photographer. I wonder if people who take many photographs have an easier time of it. I think not, but I don't know. I do know that there are some people who spend too much time and energy trying to snap photos of scenes they'll never savor or look back at at all.

Deslily, I have a memory to share sparked by your memory. It shows how different people can be. I went to the Grand Canyon, and like Chevy Chase in family vacation, I looked around, said: "Okay." And was ready to go. My ex wife was appalled.

Charles Gramlich said...

Good post. I love the picture. I'm afraid that most of my "moments" could not be discussed in polite company, however. But man I sure remember them.

Sidney said...

You know the first moment that jumped to my mind is just a night hanging out at a pinball--not video game, it was a long time ago--arcade with friends on a summer trip to Biloxi, MS. Good times! Like Charles I won't mention some of the others.

SQT said...

Stewart

That's one of my favorite scenes from Vacaion. My husband and I do that all the time whenever we go somewhere that doesn't totally spark our interest.

First one's here, first one's here.....

Lucas Pederson said...

You know, I live only a few miles away from Field of Dreams...Seriously. I've been there so many times I still can't believe a film was shot there or a story was writen about it. It's kind of cool, surreal almost. Anyway, just thought you'd like to know that.

Lucas Pederson said...

Wonderful post, by the way, beautiful.

deslily said...

LOL! you and my brother think alike! My brother calls it "a big hole in the ground" .. I don't know why it held such feelings for me other then when I was young I did school reports on it, and just knew I would never see it for real. So when it happened (pretty unexpectedly while moving cross country) I was overwhelmed and cried the entire 20 minutes I was there! I am most impressed over "nature".. mountains, forests etc. I can't get enough of them (in fact i get very little of them). For whatever reason..the emotion was there.

but there are also books I could step into and stay as well.. weird, I know lol

Kate S said...

Lovely post, Stewart.

Christina said...

I think that concept. I've been dreaming a lot lately. I'm glad you're back.