The prettiest windows in New York, are those at Lord and Taylor. They are the same window every year but they are lovely and traditional. Intricate scenes of the holidays, all with moving parts and friendly faces. No flash or superficially trendy. Maybe they are not the same every year but they look the same, so they seem the same, they feel the same, which is a good thing. There has to be some kind of consistency, something you can count on, and for me, it’s the Lord and Taylor windows.
Two days ago I walked all around New York. It started out to be a short walk, but, after walking about four miles (I was trying to avoid heavily populated tourist areas), I got tired. It was too bad because didn’t want the journey to end. Something happens to me this time of year. It’s kind of like a “Cold Case” phenomenon. At the end of each of those shows there is incredible music, and the detectives see the dead people whose cases they have been investigating and finally solving. For me, there is no music, but I do see friends, who are now merely wonderful memories.
It’s hard to explain any of this in a rational way, but you know how programs like CBS “Sunday Morning” wrap up their year with a list of notable people who died in 2012? My wrap up is not quite the same. I see people who have also been gone for decades. The sighting is often triggered by a sound, a smell, or a taste. I might be eating at some restaurant and I’ll have a bite of something. The next thing that happens is that I see the person who I might have been with when I tasted a similar food. But here’s what so strange. The dead person I see (in a living being), always smiles at me like they know the secret.
Although the person I see does not always look exactly like the person who passed away, there is always something so familiar, that I know it’s them. There is no reason why it happens more at this time of year, than other times. It just does. It is always comforting and rather than frightening, to meet my old pals under these spiritual circumstances. However, I am glad to know they are still around. When I see my friend it triggers all kinds of memories. There is a sadness whenever this happens, because I know it’s only going to be momentary, but better fleeting than not happening. It’s also a little frustrating because I always remember something I want to ask or say to them. Although I know it’s not going to happen right there and then, I feel like, at some point it will.
This all must sound a bit “Looney Tuney”, but just because it isn’t an every day occurrence for most of humanity, doesn’t mean it’s a fantasy. Quite the contrary. (As we say when we can’t think of a closing.) It makes sense that people who have a positive impact on our lives, always remain with us, no matter what the form they take. And these little personal round-ups at year’s end seem to be the perfect time to take a breath, and know that somehow we’re still connected. (Cue the music, rotate frame rate to Ultra slowMotion, .... enter the Friends.) We’re just sayin’.... Iris