Perimenopause: The Reverse CycleNovember 24, 2010
My first year in High School.
A watershed year.
History, English, Art, Music, Needlework, Geography.
I can still remember the thrill of hearing the names Tigris-Euphrates, Mesopotamia, and the term Cradle of Civilization.
A year of stupendous awakenings on so many levels; some I am only now beginning to integrate completely.
The last year before I reached menarche.
The last year before I reach menopause………?
I love the symmetry that punctuates my life. Semi-colons, commas and periods.
Especially the motto of Reservoir High School and the deep resonance it contains for me now:
Receive to Give
Praise and Respect to
Reservoir High School,
who quoted Tennyson to little bastards Philistines
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in the old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are,
One equal-temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
~ Ulysses, a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson