Twelfth of 12 original works created during the Covid-19 quarantine. The saddest thing I heard came from a 78 old years... Read More
Twelfth of 12 original works created
during the Covid-19 quarantine.
saddest thing I heard came from a 78 old years friend’, Arturo said.
spent all his life working as a server in luxury restaurants. When he retired,
he was using his money to become a client, whenever he could afford it. We can
call him a kind of ‘gourmet’.
he’s 78 and he feels close to his end. He told me he already made his will. For
him, the time left every day is as important as a month or two for us. I was
speaking about this with my old mother. She answered she is also sad for the
very same reason. She too!
I think of these elderly, poor thing, who still want to live, they don’t want
to be locked in the house. Because my mother never stayed at home. Even less so
this gentleman, my old friend, who loved to move around and try good
restaurants in the company of a friend. It’s gold, what we are taking away from
it’s gold for everyone! Teodoro answered.
you were saying, for them, it was already gold before, and now they feel more
fragile. And as the elders are the main victims of death, it is normal that
they see it this way. But measures were communicated so that, by following the
indications collectively, the elderly may continue socializing almost to the
same extent it is possible when one is anyway old – without too much physical
contact, but not with that much distance either.
look at the old Somali men in this town. They continue going every day to the
same places they used to frequent before death came to threaten them and all of
us. They sit on the same benches, under the same sun, as they would do anyway.
Maybe they would get closer in their conversations, share tobacco or touch each
other, but they would not kiss each other in the mouth, you bet!
time is not less golden for the young, who see that their moment, the moment
when they should be happiest, all of them – and I think about it when I see
young people in the street, for instance, well, it should be their moment, you
remember when we were young like them, they want the same chance of life we
had, they want to enjoy youth like you and I did.
it is not gold this one! If it is not a waste of time! And we could talk of the
gold of everybody else. But personally, I already made mine the question of the
gold. I believe in gold. I always told everyone, buy gold, buy gold! Only
present-day loan-sharks understood me very well and they built an international
business around it. In the end, I never bought gold myself. I was a fool. I’m
only good at giving advice to others.
gold, is time, so, all the time we have, let’s try to use it for something that
we feel can push us forward, because I believe that in the presence of death,
we still can live.
we need to make every effort to make this fucking brain work! All of us, no
matter our age, have to see how we can best use our time. And what we can do to
make this time longer and better. We can figure out the rules that suit our
body and spirit better. Or death will only come quicker.
insisted: I don’t fully agree with what you said. There’s something that I have
to add. Yes, it’s gold for everyone, but the elder knows it. The young don’t
know. The old are like the one who’s locked in a cell, who’s been locked for
twenty years. He knows what he’s lost.
the young don’t know! The young want to live, clearly, we are stealing the best
moments in life from them, in quotes, but once he will return to live normally
with his friends, he won’t forget that, he will remember it all of his life.
And so, every moment, for him, will be more important. This is what the old
already understood, but the young not yet. This is the difference. Yes, it’s
gold for everyone, but for the old, sadly, this is the last gold. It’s the last
gold! For the young, it’s the first.
also, later, I think, they will understand how beautiful life is, and you will
see that this young people who don’t do fuck from morning to evening if not
talking on their cell phones, will begin to look at the world in another way. At
least, I hope.
opinions are opinions, Teodoro replied. Certainly, the old is more aware of
life than the young, it goes without saying. It’s not always said, however,
that they understand it better. There are some very bright young people.
also, it seems to me that other factors need also to be considered. Because
it’s not necessary to complete fully an experience, to already instinctively
have an understanding of what this experience entails for you. Because when
you’re caught in the trap and put in a cage, even if you are a ferret, or even
a cricket, I believe that somehow, you feel affected. Maybe it’s less visible
with crickets, but they too, as soon as they can, they flee.
today the young are trapped, children are trapped. Young children don’t
understand instructions and don’t understand what is going on. And logically
they are frustrated because they cannot do anymore the things they used to do
until a month ago. I mean, time is very important equally for everyone, and
lucky those who had time, the others still have to have it.
don’t know when you die, I don’t know when I will die, to me every day is the
last, you understand? So, every day we have to make the maximum, live it as
much as possible, sleep not too much, sleep the right time, but not too much,
and keep fit to make our days longer, have our flaws, not too much, but I mean,
we have to create conditions every day so we can live the next day. And, so we
can go to bed in the evening, a bit a better person than we woke up in the
are right, said Arturo. There’s a lot of brilliant people. A lot of brilliant
young people. And verily, the most beautiful thing is to meet them. There is
nothing better than meeting a brilliant young person. You feel amazed, and you
realize that luckily, there is also a future. For us too, who later will be
is evident that there are brilliant young people who think beyond their
smartphone. But you have to admit that there is really a big number of young
people who keep talking with their cell phone like if nothing happened. Certainly,
they want to see their friends again. But last time I was in a restaurant, I
saw five young people together staring at their mobiles. Five persons together
staring at their mobiles.
many times did this happen to you? Maybe you frequent places for intellectuals,
where no such thing happens. But if you go for a stroll, look at what is going
on. Maybe these ones eventually will open their eyes and will want to talk with
the person in front of them. Something which is becoming more and more a thing
of the past.
agree with you, time is important for everyone, regardless of where you stand,
but clearly this can be a life lesson, this at least! But not for the old,
because for the old it’s the last one. Maybe some of them had already lived the
second world war, so they lived through this once, and now they have to live it
a second time, I am sorry for them.
don’t really care for myself. I can stay home even three months without seeing
a soul, I don’t give a fuck. You see, I don’t think like you. Personally, it
doesn’t bother me, because I do other things. It doesn’t bother me! Because I
do other things, but I understand very well that for those who feel like doing
something, and I repeat, those who feel like achieving something, for them it’s
to me, right now, I’m staying home and I’m doing other things. I’m
rediscovering myself, and so I am discovering also some qualities of uncle
Arturo, something I had not been doing for a very long time. Qualities, and
then yes, we’re talking about qualities, then let’s see how it ends. But at
least I am rediscovering myself. This, at least!
And our day will still last the same twenty-four hours
The sun will rise every morning
And the birds will sing
That we live or not
And then the night will come again.
same time we have
To live our day
And nothing has changed.
communion between you and I
Must not suffer,
Because nothing has changed,
And I have not changed.
just sensing a little bit clearer that the meaning is somewhere else to be
That we can now value things for what they are
Understand that we can’t waste our time with ordinary things
When we can have simple things like love.
we have no time to lose
No long-term plans
Only life, forever
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