Shape of Love NOW – This week in movie-making

+ reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

+ writing letters

+ remembering love lessons

PHOTO and QUICK PONDER of the Week: Plate of Love and Learning

One of the questions being explored in Shape Of Love is how do you learn about love, loving and wanting to be loved? 

I was three years older than our first dog, Bridget. We were close. She was a constant companion in my formative years. She taught me about love and loyalty and love and loss. When she died, I swore off loving because it hurt too much. I don’t even want to talk about it now. 

So I’ll talk about my Uncles’ girlfriends. 

I had four single Uncles in those formative years. I was fascinated by their girlfriends. I think I learned that I wanted to be someone’s girlfriend some day by watching them.

(Names Adjusted):

Uncle Smarty had a girlfriend with a very distinctive nickname and a lazy hazy 1970’s summer aura- she was like the promise of a summer day. Uncle Smarty was into photography and he took a lot of pictures back then…beautiful pictures. I still feel the promise of a summer day when I look at them. 

Uncle Man had a girlfriend who sold salads out of a cart on Monument Square in Portland. I didn’t have the word “entrepreneur” in my vocabulary back then, but in its place I used “pioneer.” She really was a pioneer in the mobile food movement.

Uncle Six-String had a girlfriend with a dog and a free spirit. She painted eggs. (At least she did one year.)  She gave me one. I knew it wasn’t boiled and that I needed to be very careful with it, so I placed it in one of my Mom’s L’eggs egg pantyhose containers with a Kleenex cushion. That was 40 years ago. I still have the egg. 

Uncle World had a girlfriend with blonde hair and blue eyes. I wanted to be just like her. Recently, an artifact from that time period emerged from a box in the basement. Meet my immediate family – my little brother Pete, Mom, Dad, Bridget, and me…with my blue eyes, and imagination and blonde hair flowing (an accurate self-portrait it was not!).

What are some of the ways you learned about love, loving and wanting to be loved? (Thanks for your help, Uncles.)*

* PS – My Aunts Rock.