This has been my month to feature Love. An interesting, exciting, and sometimes stressful emotion. Remember that bitter song by Tina Turner? It always made mad sad, especially after I learned about Tina’s abusive relationship with her husband. No wonder she could sing this so convincingly.
I much prefer the Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s Endless Love. Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a romantic concealed in a cynical exterior.
I often wonder why I don’t write romantic stories? Most of my books give a nod to Eros, but it’s a very light one, and it usually has to do with the early struggles to find identity. When I go back through the stories I’ve written I now discover that most of my love scenes are humorous and awkward. I’d never be a bestselling romance author, that’s for sure. Here’s a “love” scene from Princess of Las Pulgas. Carlie (my upper class, displaced heroine) and Juan are in her car. She’s just made a derogatory comment about the neighborhood she’s dropping him off in. (Now that’s an awkward bit of phrasing, isn’t it?)
Juan turns his head so his eyes meet mine. “It’s no use.”
“I’m tired. I’ve got tons of homework to do and two scenes of dialog to memorize. If you think I’m some kind of bigot, you’re wrong, but I don’t have the energy to argue about it tonight.”
“Well, you are a very pretty bigot.”
“What are you talking about?”
“So because I study French, I’m a bigot?”
He doesn’t answer.
“That’s so… dumb. It’s important to know another language, appreciate a different culture. Can’t you understand that?”
“Sure I do, but why do you study French? Because you live in the middle of a densely populated French-speaking state?” He leans over and kisses me, stifling my witty response. “Adios.”
Are you ready for a tiny quiz about LOVE?
- Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love whose Daddy was Cronus.
- If you speak Greek, you call the god of love Cupid.
Answers to last week’s quiz:
Queen Elizabeth I used John Dee, a noted astrologer of the 1500’s to determine her coronation day, which was January 15, 1559.
TRUE: In the day’s of Shakespeare, people relied heavily on astrologers for setting important dates and even for medical diagnosis. This was the hay-day for astrologists who were respected for their “knowledge.”
The Western zodiac signs were described for the first time by the Alexandrian astronomer and astrologer Ptolemy in the second century AD.
KIND OF TRUE: Ptolemy was responsible for a lot of contributions to knowledge about the stars, the geography of the earth and mathematics. His Ptolemaic system (earth posited as the center of the universe) was taught until Copernicus said, “Nay, ’tis the sun that is the center.” But there were stars connected to animals and described as far back as 3,000-500 BC in Mesopotamia.
Quote of the Week: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu