Sunday, June 10, 2012
Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2007 during our trip to Lancaster, PA. Behind Mattie was the rainbow trampoline I posted a few nights ago. Our jumping on this ground cover, inspired others to also stop their cars and have their kids jump around. But literally when we first arrived there was NOT a soul to be seen on this farm. Next to the trampoline was all sorts of pretend farm equipment, and Mattie climbed right up onto this wooden tractor. Mattie was always attracted to tractors, which is one of the reasons I would call him our farmer Brown.
Quote of the day: In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing. ~ Philip Gilbert Hamilton
Peter and I spent the morning working on various projects. I worked inside, and Peter was working outside in our garden. All of the plants on top of the ledge that surround our deck are really Peter's plants. Peter likes to grow perennials (they come back year to year), and I maintain the annuals (which must be planted yearly). Which gives our garden a beautiful balance. However, in order to reach these rose bushes and things up top, Peter needed a ladder. As soon as Peter set up the ladder, guess who had to be the first one up? Our cat Patches! She literally climbed the ladder like a human would, one rung at a time. The thing about Patches is she is very attached to Peter. Mary had a little lamb, and Peter has Patches. Patches, though an absolute handful, is therapeutic for both of us. As Patches is a very mature cat (16 years old), I always worried Mattie would experience her death and be confused by this loss. I never knew it was going to be the other way around. Mattie's death has impacted Patches, for it was after Mattie's death that she routinely wakes up at 3am every morning and wakes us up as well. Howling like a rooster! This did not happen before Mattie's cancer battle.
On Friday, I purchased community theatre tickets to see Double Indemnity today. We saw the 1944 movie a long time ago, and I happen to like Film Noir for the most part. I figured this would be a good diversion for us today, since weekends are complex for us. The story of Double Indemnity is as follows.......
In 1938, Walter Neff, an experienced salesman of the Pacific All Risk Insurance Co., meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and Walter devises a scheme to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train-track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and Walter's best friend Barton Keyes does not buy the story and suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man.
The plot of this play was sinister and in the play the two main characters end their lives by jumping into the ocean. So in essence they committed a crime, but both of them escaped the law. It leaves you very unsettled and unhappy in the end, since all the loose ends remain LOOSE. We all want to see good conquering evil, and this didn't happen here. The female main character has a fascination with death and feels that her husband isn't a happy man or lives a happy live, so she will put him out of his misery and kill him. As if she is doing him a favor, because the "darkness" is better than life. Not a sentiment I can share or appreciate, and frankly I do not remember this clinical or pathological issue even arising in the 1944 movie! I typically do not turn to Washington Post reviews before seeing things, but I was intrigued to read how this play fared in the eyes of a reviewer. I attached the link below if case any of you are interested.