Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Sent the invitation list off today, and once the problem was pinpointed and resolved -- got into the rhythm of this great honor.
It was so helpful to have had a chance to tour the campus of the California College of the Arts on Monday; to meet a member of the board; lunch with faculty members; visit the studios filled with young artists at work. It all fell into place, finally.
I feel far less intimidated by events, and am ready now for the celebration!
Yesterday at the request of the National Institute for Artists and Disabilities I led a delegation of service worker volunteers from Belarus and their translator on a tour of some of our park sites. They were accompanied by their US State Department hosts. It felt great to feel confirmed in my role as a representative of an important federal agency. There is a system of national parks being created in their country so the interest in our park-in-development was high. I felt a real connection with the group despite the language barrier; though that was minimal since several were able to cross over into English now and then with relative ease.
Were I to have a chance to live some of those early years over again, I'd surely want to have several languages at my command. Though, as I recall, I had a group of visitors from Japan about six months ago, and that also worked out well. Maybe what happens between people at the non-verbal level trumps verbal expression.
Now that the pressure is off -- maybe I can just bask in the glory of it all, and try to get into my paper hat for the festivities on May 12th and 14th.
Maybe I should think about buying a new dress for the occasion. I thought that I'd outlived the Age of Acquisition. It has been years since I've felt the need to even think "fashion." But there are some lovely things hanging in my closet that I've had no occasion to bring out for a very long time. There was a time ... maybe just once more?
A woman can always gear up for fashion, right?
Maybe I'll try for a new hair style ... do you suppose?
That is if we can still find enough hair to style! Maybe it's time to just cut it all off and face the truth that there are just so many hair follicles to each lifetime, and at 89 I've outlived my allotment.
Posted by Betty Reid Soskin at 7:42 PM
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