Requiem For Celeste

 A Requiem For Celeste
 July 13, 2019
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Celeste Martin: November 11, 1927—December 13, 2018
By Denise Marsa  
How many times have you heard about a New York City landlady giving every tenant in her multiple landmark rental buildings a special gift bag filled with Christmas goodies? Every year Celeste Martin looked forward to taking her staff, including her driver, carpenter and super, shopping at Macy’s Herald Square to help her fill 39 gift bags for her tenants. These were no ordinary gift bags, just as she was no ordinary landlady. As a tenant in one of her buildings, I was always thrilled with my gift bag’s content. One year I received a 1999 Perrier–Jouët (which I still have) and another year a 2011 Rose Veuve Clicquot. Yes, champagne! Accompanying the champagne was a bottle of Johnny Walker Black or a Johnny Walker variety pack. There were also always imported sweets and chocolates along with the spirits. read full article

Uncertainty

boats 4  Some people cannot handle not knowing what life will look like from year to year, month to month. They need to have it all planned out. From holidays to birthdays to vacations, to budgets –for them, 2018 has been planned out since January 15, 2017.

Others, play it more week to week, even day to day, with a spontaneity of go — with the flow.

Having lived more in the second option a majority of my life, and now looking to exist more in the realm of the first option, whenever possible,  I find myself struggling with the difference in the mindset between the two and battling who gets the middle. The center. Holy mackerel!

Today, I come to realize, as I lose people in my life for various reasons, including death and differences, I am at a resolve. For today.  What I have the power to control and plan, I will embrace that certainty with experience.  And what is unexpected, unprecedented, and unrehearsed…well that uncertainty is what puts us all —basically and realistically, in the same boat. I will row, swim, paddle — I will not sink. Not today.