Sunday is usually blog-day, but last Sunday family matters took me away from my computer and social media for a while. My grandma passed suddenly and quite unexpectedly from smoking-related issues. The relationship I had with my grandma was complicated at best, but it hit me pretty hard and I needed to be around to provide what support I could for my grandpa, my mom, my aunts and uncles.
Hamilton as Inspiration
Two days before my mom called to tell me about Grandma, I watched the Tony Awards and discovered what the entire country already knew- Hamilton, the play by Lin Manuel Miranda, is a freaking masterpiece. Since then I have bought the cast album and am slowly memorizing every song. Give me a couple of weeks and I will get there.
The history nerd in me can hardly contain myself when I hear things like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men should be equal, and when I get Thomas Jefferson in the room I am going to convince him to include women in the sequel!” Or something like that- like I said, it is a work in progress my memorization, but with lyrics like that, how could I not? That single lyric encapsulates and expands upon the contradiction of Thomas Jefferson perfectly- there are more, that is only one example, but it is so brilliantly done I am forced to marvel. It isn’t something that is harped upon, but it is understood and it is amazing.
I am currently trying to process what exactly it is that Miranda has done, how he has finessed it so well to make a fairly neutral political play. It touches on issues of today- immigration, the banking system and big moneyed interests to name a few- in a way that should cause an uproar on one side or the other, but instead people just want more. It’s incredible and I have so much admiration for what he has accomplished.
Perhaps what draws me even closer than I would be ordinarily is “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).” Now, “The World Turned Upside Down” was a hymn that was sung after the Revolutionary War, and it is awesome that he incorporated that into the song, making it more poignant to my mind, than the original. However, now when I hear that song I can’t help but think of how for a moment my own world was turned upside down over these past couple of weeks.
A Force of Nature
My grandma was a woman who by sheer force of will should have lived to be well into her nineties. She didn’t have anything remotely resembling quit in her and it made me realize how much I thought that she would just always be there. Things change over time, and in a non-specific way, I already knew that, but when she passed a lot of assumptions I hadn’t even realized that I had made were ripped from me. There isn’t always going to be more time to do x, y and z.
So, I will try to take the joys in my life as what they are- gifts. The dreams I want to achieve will only be accomplished if I make the effort to do so. Never has this been more apparent to me and I will strive to be the best I can be on any given day because who knows what tomorrow will bring?
Neoverse Anthology Update
Which brings me to the anthology. After all, being published is the dream I have been chasing since I was about five years old. It looks like they are redesigning the cover and will be releasing the book with the new contest somehow. I am not sure what that means for a release date, but they keep pushing it back. So, be patient with me and it will happen.
That’s about it for now. Until next week, happy reading!