Getting Smarter, Maybe
All in an April Week

Walk This Way

I always think about Troy when we walk here.

Whenever we get to this point (after 2/3 - 5/8 of the way) of our five mile walk -- it is in the parking lot behind a store belonging to a big pharmacy chain and a very large gym belonging to a slightly less large national company -- I think (amid thoughts about Friday's class on the beginning of the Age of Augustus and why there was such a celebration about peace at the rise (cost) of an Emperor/Dictator, about whether Charlie's learning to recycle cans might result in any kind of job for him, about how we're going to gut out the hour and a half left when we get home before Jim's train arrives) of the windy plains of Troy and the Scamander River in Homer and in Virgil, when Aeneas recalls the lost city he always looks back to.

'A fugitive of fate, buffeted about on land and sea.' (from lines 2 and 3 of the Aeneid)

You can walk a long way with classical poetry, and with Charlie. Sometimes you have to run; generally you cannot catch up until he's always onto the next thing, challenge, obstacle, harsh reality, stage. But I do have stamina built up from running daily for the past thirty+ years (and reading Greek and Latin).

Comments

Alice

It keeps us young (I hope!)

Kristina Chew

Charlie is quite the 'trainer'--

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