Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We could be a WHOLE PARADE!

I like you and I know why
I like you because you are a good person to like
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it's special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, Remember when you told me something special
And both of us remember

When I think something is important
you think it's important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I'm funny and you think I'm funny too

If you go away, then I go away too
or if I stay home, you send me a postcard
You don't just say Well see you around sometime, bye
I like you a lot because of that
If I go away, I send you a postcard too
And I like you because if we go away together
And if we are in Grand Central Station
And if I get lost
Then you are the one that is yelling for me

And I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don't always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can't stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time

I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It's awful when the other person isn't
They are so nice and hoo-hoo you could just about punch them in the nose

I like you because if I think I am going to throw up
then you are really sorry
You don't just pretend you are busy looking at the birdies and all that
You say, maybe it was something you ate
You say, the same thing happened to me one time
And the same thing did

If you find two four-leaf clovers, you give me one
If I find four, I give you two
If we only find three, we keep on looking
Sometimes we have good luck, and sometimes we don't

If I break my arm, and if you break your arm too
Then it's fun to have a broken arm
I tell you about mine, you tell me about yours
We are both sorry
We write our names and draw pictures
We show everybody and they wish they had a broken arm too

I like you because I don't know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can't remember when I didn't like you
It must have been lonesome then

I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do
So many reasons
On the 4th of July I like you because it's the 4th of July
On the fifth of July, I like you too
If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
We could be a HOLIDAY
We could be a CELEBRATION
We could be a WHOLE PARADE
See what I mean?

Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again
That's how it would happen every time
I don't know why
I guess I don't know why I really like you
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you
I guess I just like you because I like you.

From the poem "I like you" by Sandol Stoddard Warburg.

I like this poem a whole lot... I forget why I like it, so many reasons... on the 4th of July I like it because it's the 4th of July, and on the fifth of July I like it too!

Thanks to my friend Mel for introducing me to it (Mel is so cool she used part of this for her wedding vows... super AWW!!!)


Bright Star

"I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain"... John Keats, to Fanny Brawne, 1918

Wonderful article by Jane Campion on the compelling love story of Keats and Fanny Brawne here.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bill Cunningham, New York

What a swell guy! Oh my, this movie was so sweetly charming and moving. I was in floods of tears by the end. Which is odd because it's not at all a sad or depressing movie. Quite the opposite in fact! A cheesy person would call it "life affirming". And since I *am* a cheesy person, that it is! You would think this movie is about fashion and New York and photography. And you would be right, it is about all those things - and would be worth watching for that aspect alone (Bill is an incredibly astute photographer, and pretty much invented the style of street fashion photography which is the norm nowadays)

But also, simply because of the wonderful kind of human being Bill Cunningham is, it becomes a movie about so much more. About beauty and passion, and individuality, and living a life of integrity and kindness. So inspiring.

I cannot recommend it highly enough! *tears up*

A taste of Bill's photography... and sweet and hilarious disposition... here (Warning: watching his NYT Street Style videos is somewhat addictive!)
Mah-velous, isn't it kids!