Thursday, January 21, 2010

Before There was Writing


I have collected rocks most of my life. I can't explain it, they just speak to me. A couple of days ago I watched the Japanese movie Departures which is about Daigo, a cellist. Daigo's symphony shuts down so he is forced to return to the village where he was born. A typo in a want ad leads him to becoming an a.nakanshi or one who prepares the dead for burial. I know this all sounds depressing. In many ways, it is. However, it's a wonderful and moving movie. At one point, he takes his wife to the beach where he finds a small rock which he gives to her telling this story. Before there was writing, people would look for a rock that shows how they feel and present to a loved one. A smooth rock could show that the person is happy. I won't spoil the movie by sharing more. I did love the idea and the story. I wonder what my rocks say about me.

5 comments:

  1. They say that you are Pachamama's darling if the big black rock is natural with the coil on it. A oneinabillion found.

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  2. Eva, No the coil was created by an artist. It is one of my few purchased rocks. I bought it in Philadelphia at the flower and garden show to remember my time with my friend Carol. Besides, it was just too cool to pass up. hugs!

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  3. i thought it was a snail....

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  4. I thought it was the best find!!! I had to blow up the picture and get a better look at the black rock. I think it says you are cleaver.

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  5. Thanks for the comments. I do love the rock and all of you!

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