Saturday, April 25, 2009

Such is the Essential

My Malachi lives in a world of mysteries, and I too am beginning to. Today he has been considering the behavior of doors connected to hinges and I have been considering the male Korean voice that speaks to us at various times of the day through the peeling bronze intercom box located on the wall between our bathroom and bedroom. We have been amusing ourselves with every new fresh possibility presented by exploring our situations - will the voice sound calm or grave this time, will the door fly to the ceiling instead of clunking against the wall?

I'm sure he'll find that doors sway predictably, and I will eventually ask someone and learn that the intercom is merely a weather forecast or a periodic announcement such as “will the driver of the GPS-loaded Kia please relocate to an actual parking space and avoid both sidewalks and pedestrians in the future” or something similarly routine. The infinite unknown will be eclipsed with knowledge, and yet, I hope, a shadow of the infinite can somehow remain.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Further Updates

We transferred our things from Lawrence KS to Joplin MO last Monday and ourselves to my parents' home on Tuesday. Extricating ourselves from our apartment lease was a difficult and shady business but we feel relieved to have it completed (or rather, we hope the deed is indeed complete) and have been enjoying our hobo-habitations. Malachi is particularly fond of my parents' emotionally needy German Shepherd - his vocabulary now includes "dog" - and of the gray wires that protrude from Dad's chin.

Thaddeus had a web-cam interview with the Korean Consulate on Wednesday. South Korea must have deemed him adequate and drug-free, because...

We have our e-tickets and itinerary. We're flying out of Northwest Arkansas Airport on Sunday April 19th, at 11:25 am. The concreteness of receiving tickets and times has created alternating panic and excitement for me, and the steady growth of anxious excitement for Thaddeus I think.