Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Magical Elixir of Soulshine and Moonlight

Mother Nature has practiced tough love all summer along the Jersey Shore.  It would have been a damn sight easier for those of here in the State of Concrete Gardens to prove that we are stronger than the storm (just as the Christies say we are) if the folks who are dependent upon good weather to attract those of us who do not reside in Monmouth County or Ocean County into their backyard to spend a bit of our hard-earned scratch had been given more than mere snippets of good weather.  From Memorial Day weekend forward through June and July, summer weekends have featured far more weather misses than hits. 

From one Mother to another though this past Saturday, Mom Nature extended more than a mere modicum of professional courtesy to Mom Kizis.  Margaret and I spent what was a thoroughly terrific, incredibly moving day in the presence of the Family Kizis.  The stated occasion was an en masse celebration of the several summer birthdays in their clan, which reach across generational lines.  The unspoken purpose of the get-together was to harness the collective's good vibes and to channel them all towards an exceptionally deserving, worthy recipient.  It really proved to be an extraordinary day.  Not for "one big thing" that happened.  But rather for all of the "little things" that did.  

Sunday evening the Missus and I - winding down our weekend - watched "Field of Dreams", which is one of my favorite films.   When Ray Kinsella finds Doc Graham - the one-time New York Giant formerly known as Archie "Moonlight" Graham, he asks him what it was like to have made the Major Leagues - only to bat but one time in one game.  In reply, Doc Graham tells him that while Kinsella might view Graham's admittedly abbreviated big league career as a tragedy, it was not.  It simply was what it was.  Then however Graham acknowledges that he did not immediately grasp the gravity of his situation as it was unfolding around him.  He says, "We just don't recognize life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, "Well, there'll be other days." I didn't realize that that was the only day."

I am pleased - I suppose - to have lived long enough and to have experienced enough of what Life has to offer (both the good and the bad to be sure) and to have picked up enough common sense along the way to recognize a sigificant moment as it is unfolding around me.  I do not pretend to recognize each and every one of them with equal acuity.  I am pleased however that my ability to perceive is well-developed enough to recognize the significance of what I was privileged to be a part of on Saturday as it transpired.     

-The Allman Brothers
  -AK

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