Thursday, December 22, 2005

Wintering In

Yesterday was such a strange day for me. December 21. The Winter Solstice. The Sun entering Capricorn.

It was the first day "on which same-sex couples were allowed a legal status comparable to marriage -- including the same social security, pension, tax and inheritance rights -- in England and Wales. (The law went into effect earlier this week in Northern Ireland and Scotland.)" And perhaps the most famous gay couple of all, Elton John and David Furnish were married. Bravo for them!

Then in the afternoon, Donica and I drove all the way down to Midtown Atlanta to see the new movie, Brokeback Mountain. It spans 20 years starting in 1963 (the year I graduated from high school), and by now I'm guessing everyone knows what it's about: the love that cannot be spoken. Donica's first words after it was over was "What a great love story!" And I just cried. It touched so many places long ago left behind. Or at least I thought. Maybe those places never really go away as long as we live in a country so split over the issue. Maybe we're meant to relive them until change happens?

So I left the theater wondering if this movie will make a difference. Will it have any power to bring us one step closer to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Or Canada, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Or will it only rile up the opposition that much more!

Once we got back to our neck of the woods and did some last-minute shopping, we stopped for an ice-cream cone. My choice: Rum Raisin! A good flavor for bringing in the Winter of our souls. Maybe we'll be surprised by some warm fireplaces a-blazin' in places we least expect? Eternal optimist that I am, I can only hope so.


  1. I don't know anything about this movie, Ginnie. There is no coverage of it in Germany that I can find. And I wondered about that. Perhaps (and sadly) the international release dates reveal a little more about what a country considers to be important:

    Brokeback Mountain
    US Rel. Date: 16 December 2005
    Germany Rel. Date: 9 March 2006

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    US Rel. Date: 9 December 2005
    Germany Rel. Date: 8 December 2005

  2. Hmm. One wonders if Brokeback is just "ho-hum" in Germany or even more of an issue than in America??!!

    One would hope that the Love that CAN be spoken in Narnia will one day soon be spoken on Brokeback Mountain.

  3. i'm hoping to see it next week while in MI. maybe we can compare notes at Hukilau. thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas. (yeah, it's Christmas Day and i'm on the internet. what am i doing? bye--time for more family relaxation in Jersey!)

  4. Comparing notes will be great, Nate. I hope so! See you soon.