Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I'm Chimi And You're Changa
Was watching television the other day after a long day, that kind of bleary-eyed viewing that means you're taking almost nothing in, just enjoying the ride, and saw Donny Osmond performing "Puppy Love." I wondered if he ever got sick of being Donny Osmond, if he sometimes wished he could be someone totally different, a dark sick person with a crazy past or a normal guy in Kentucky with a couple of kids and a rusty swing set and a pack of PBR at his side. One of my students is an avid Donny fan and even bought some of Donny's artwork at one of his concerts at the Macomb Center. Donny draws scenes from The Wizard Of Oz, a movie that seems to connect to several pivotal points in my life. The artwork was a little off and Dorothy didn't look anything like the young Judy Garland, but still, you have to admire the effort to branch out and try something new.
Sometimes I wish I could get a divorce from myself and start over, be someone else for a bit and see how that goes. But not really. My relationship with myself goes through stages just like all relationships do -- good times, bad times, the pedestal, the fall from grace, the comfortable settling into love that comes when you stop wanting something that isn't going to happen. I once heard that compassion was love in action, that love wasn't a static thing, a feeling or a dream, but the gritty reality of disappointment, understanding where someone is and being okay with that situation. The other night, I heard two people saying over and over again (I'm assuming there were substances involved), I'm chimi and you're changa. They were going to order the chimichanga dinner and couldn't stop laughing. Eventually, I had to laugh as well. They didn't seem to get sick of it and eventually, I didn't either.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I never smile unless I mean it." Donny Osmond
Drinking music suggestion: Hard Candy Madonna (okay, she IS the queen of Detroit according to Michael Moore and that's good enough for me)
Benedictions and Maledictions