Sunday Morning! “In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower” by Marcel Proust


Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Avatar Jaybird

    Every now and again, I look up names in the google as they occur to me.

    I had a dream about a bully from 10th grade and, yep, she’s a gramma now. A dear friend from 8th grade is a carnivorous plant aficionado. (He’s got a beard? He wasn’t a beardy guy in 8th grade!)

    Kids from when you were kids and you know better than to google for “Timmy” or “Jon Jon” but don’t remember if Tim was his middle name because his first name was his Dad’s or if the two Jons were short for John or Jonathan.

    And Goodness help you if you want to look up someone with a first name from one of the Gospels and the last name that also happens to be an English word for a pre-computer profession. (Hey, we should have people whose last name is stuff like “Coder” or “Sysad”.)

    And the faces that were so bright are now wrinkled. Maybe there’s a sparkle in the eyes that you remember from when you were singing in music class or when she made a great point in American History.

    My friends who dreamed about saving the world (or running it) are now doing middle management jobs at middle companies and posting pictures of their kids to facebook and they might not have a sparkle anymore.

    But, man, remember when *SHE* walked into the classroom and smiled? Not at you, at someone else, but smiled anyway?

    Ah, jeez.Report

  2. Avatar Rufus F.

    The first young woman who ever let me see her semi-naked was a friend’s older sister. They were a conservative Catholic family, but she’d moved to San Francisco a few years before and become a chiropractor. She’d gotten some piercings and was more liberal minded. So, she let me see her breasts. It was the 90s, okay? Still a huge deal in my young life.

    I looked her up not too long ago. No, I wasn’t looking to hook up or anything, but wondered how she was doing. Very good it seems. The breasts are no more… He’s still a chiropractor and still lives in San Francisco, and actually has the same name. But he’s a trans man and, like the other few friends I had from back then who’ve transitioned, looks much happier than I remember.Report

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