September 06, 2002

January in September

I know I am a few months early, but I am ruminating today about January. Well, not so much the month as the diety for which that two-faced month is named.

"Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors (janua), beginnings and endings, and hence represented with a double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions. He was worshipped at the beginning of the harvest time, planting, marriage, birth, and other types of beginnings, especially the beginnings of important events in a person's life. Janus also represents the transition between primitive life and civilization, between the countryside and the city, peace and war, and the growing-up of young people".

I will have a better idea of the importance of parts and wholes, bridges and doors, hellos and goodbyes, beginnings and endings in my life in a few days. I imagine I will try to explain all of this flux and change to myself, then, in the best words I can find. Maybe you feel this too, this ambivalence in which the events of the day or week seem to be the interface between what was and what is yet to come.

But I am double-minded about that too; to speak it out, or to keep it contained, internal, like a cow and its cud...thrice chewed and digested, hidden. In the end, I am likely to follow my own best advice, and write this out, because "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?"

So, Janus, you are the man (or men) of the day.

Posted by fred1st at September 6, 2002 07:34 AM | TrackBack
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Hi Floyd! Just thought I'd let you know how much I really enjoy your blog. I love your photography and your musings on life and nature. Most of all, what I love about your blog is that there is no rudeness or crassness of language or behaviour--unlike SOME bloggers I know... Instead, you have always maintained a civil tongue and a keen sense of humour. Thank you for being one of the most pleasant blogs around.

Posted by: Jellybeans at September 6, 2002 10:57 AM

The one upstairs, with the porch. Meryl said let you have it, such a generous gal! You will thank her. It is simple, but nice. But, Meryl, then, gets the dog in her room all night. (Just kidding...he NEVER goes upstairs).

Posted by: fred at September 6, 2002 01:55 PM

What I've never understood is why a financial services company trying to convince you to hand over the cash, chose Janus as their symbol, something deliberately two faced.

Like the new look, and well done on a safe move.

Posted by: Ali at September 6, 2002 11:09 PM

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