I met a friend I have known since I was ten in Tribeca today. We walked through the neighborhood we rarely visit. One stop was at the reincarnation of Zona a Soho store that my family loved in the 80s. The original store seemed to get our family aesthetic of weathered wood, Italian and Mexican travels and the handmade object with an interesting narrative. The new store reminded me of how my own eye has shifted and refocused over the years. E and I lunched in a dark cafe a few blocks south and compared the bookmarks of our lives, children, siblings, and current directions. The afternoon flew by too fast. The dark came too swiftly on the busy holiday city streets.
I walk through my life as though I were a bookmark,
a holder of place,
An overnight interruption
in somebody else's narrative.
--Charles Wright, from Nine-Panel Yaak River Screen in A Short History of the Shadow (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2002)