Monday, December 21, 2009

chaos theory

while we're decorating the tree tonight, my grandmother says nonchalantly, "I'm not even going to fuss with it this year. it looks fine how it is."

my grandmother, who spend a lot of time hunched over the carpet picking off lint and debris instead of just walking through a room, who took two hours arranging the easter basket for her months-old granddaughter because she didn't want two jelly beans with the same colors touching, who could shuffle ornaments for hours in her younger years to make sure that the best ones were in front and toward the top and the colors and the lights and the overall effect were just perfect.

my mother bursts out laughing: "eighty years old," she says, "and she finally figured out Random."

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