Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The sweetness of the twisted apple

Once in a while I have days - yesterday was one of them. For the duration of these days I see nothing but beauty. It happens on the train most often: everywhere I look and in every face I see, there is something to notice and whatever the detail, it is always beautiful. I see a child in a stroller and the particular lift of the child's eyebrows or the wonderful perfect roundness of his fingers has me enraptured. Then there are the others. Teenage boys, awkward and too thin and yet something about them - perhaps in the awkward, not yet grown face there is a color unlike any I have ever seen. Or in the haggard, old men, the evidence remains of their own youthful prosperity and they look handsome to me. And don't get me started on the women. Even the most misshapen* and miserable woman has about her the air of a queen.

I seldom have days like this - when everyone and all around me presents an opportunity to be delighted by whatever is best to see. Yesterday was one of them. I loved it.

* 100 points to anyone who knows (without looking it up) what is meant by the apple title.

9 comments:

P said...

New York is the most wonderful beautiful ugly place around.

nicoleantoinette said...

I needed this post.

Em said...

I have days like that too... not sure I could describe it as well as you though.

Finn said...

I love those days.

sybil law said...

Snow White?! I got nothin'. :)
I know what you mean, though. I love those days, where you realize that everyone deserves to be loved and appreciated as a person and actually feel it. It's too bad they're few and far between.

sybil law said...

UGH!
I just googled it and it really irritates me when I should've known it...

Annie said...

My morning, today was just like that. Lovely post Nina.

LizB said...

NY post 9/11 = twisted apple? I don't know. Totally guessing. Wonderful post tho -- it's good to read your prose.

utenzi said...

Ummmm... and just what are these points redeemable for, Nina?