Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Airfix Glue

A plan can be comforting. Components sketched with black tipped arrows pointing to the place where it yearns to go. The whole is bewildering so you take it one piece at a time until the design starts to fall into place. The toxic glue sticks to your fingers. The whorls of your fingerprints get etched into the congeal of peel. Scaled down paint pots set out on the table, the oddly satisfying sensation of prising the lid with the tip of a negative drive screwdriver. 

Paint and glue, open a window! 

You follow the puzzle. Fatal to panic, if you bypass any stage without maximum concentration, try to speed beyond being in the moment you’re sure to have a botched job on your hands. 

The days do not come in a cellophane wrapped box with a folded insert of paper. No ready made sketch to follow. 


Maybe we should sit round the table and think about this for a while.

8 comments:

  1. "Bite sized chunks" is a phrase we use in our house when things seem too big and we need to break it down into manageable steps. I can't remember where it came from. It might have come from a saying about how you eat an elephant - one bite at a time.

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    1. Thanks Kim. It's a good phrase and I believe it helps. Can't help but think of that Johnny Cash song about the Cadillac.

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  2. Love this, Jonathan.....thank you.....always always thank you...

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    1. Thanks for reading, Liz. Lovely to hear from you.

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  3. I'd sit for hours making planes with my granddad. That glue was potent stuff; open windows never quite drew down its potency. And when the air was thick with Sunday indolence...

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