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 Post subject: WOODEN FLOORS
PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:00 pm 
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WOODEN FLOORS
Life was different in Oranjestad Aruba. Many of the stores of today were homes of yesterday and the feel of being alive here was different. I would guess that the term “Aruba Time” was more applicable then. Actually I can’t remember seeing a watch on my parent’s wrists – I’m glad for that. There was a clock in the kitchen but I’m not sure if anyone ever took the time to wind it up except when they needed it for cooking. Not that Aruba was without regard for time, no – time was important. It was just a timeless time for me and that was more important. We lived for what the emotions and circumstances offered and not what the schedules demanded. I can’t image a BLACKBERRY in those days and cant image not having one today. All in one lifetime - interesting.

I clearly remember the insides of a house of a friend of mine. It was on the second level over a store and the walls and fixtures were all of dark wood. I was followed by the sounds of my footsteps when I walked on that floor. I remember the look from the housekeeper whose job it was to keep it oiled and shiny. When we visited there, I remember my senses coming alive. There were warm lovely pictures on the walls and the ceilings seemed to be held up by pillars carved from lovely dark mahogany wood.

The father of my friend smoked cigars and he and my grandfather would smoke. The cigar was a ceremony - yet the only thing I remember was the hanging blue smoke and how it smelled. Thank god the Surgeon General wasn't around in those days.

We would sit on the wooden floors and play for endless hours. Timeless marbles would roll up and down the planks and then falter while looking for the lowest level. The housekeepers would watch with “Gawd Dat Boy Can Shoooot” comments. Along with the brown floors and timelessness was the mixture of cultures that abounded in that home. Fat ladies from Antigua in the kitchen and Skinny ones from some other island in the rest of the house keeping it immaculate. It is the way things were. No more and certainly no less.

I miss those senses and whenever old (very old) friends get together, it warms me to know that others miss them as well. We remember the warmth and the coziness of it all. The cuddled feeling of being boys sitting on polished wooden planks. Strange.

Recently I was allowed to feel that way again when I walked into the casino at the RIU hotel. It was the middle of the day and we all were there with our notes and whatever other items we needed to present our separate points of view. On the way to the office there, I walked through the casino and saw the wood and the softness of the design and it reminded me of those boyish times. I’m not much of a gambler but, it made me take out a quarter and toss it into a slot machine. Two quarters came out. I didn’t win much but then again I didn’t lose and the experience was important to me. It awoke the dormant senses that I could never hope to communicate to the associates I was with - it was a good thing.

Like I said, life was different in Oranjestad Aruba then. Many of the stores of today were homes of yesterday and the feel of being alive here was different. I can’t remember seeing a watch on my parent’s wrists and I’m glad for that. Living in a timeless time was important and living for the emotions and circumstances is something I have learned to value. All in one lifetime - interesting.

be well
charles


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