Jud and I were in NYC, March 2012, so he could attend BioLogos meetings as a board member and enthusiast for the organization. No longer at Gordon, we enjoyed the freedom of fewer time constraints, taking the train to New York, extending time in the city and escaping his regimen at MGH for a few days.
One day, while Jud attended meetings, I ambled several blocks to the Morgan Library & Museum. Memorable. ( Note: I wrote about this when it happened but today, second thoughts.)
Yesterday, I came across notes I’d made while exploring their exhibit on animals and birds in literature. One display quoted Job 12:7 “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee…” Quotes suggested that animals can be moral teachers such as, sly as a fox, gentle as a lamb or hungry like a wolf.
This Morgan exhibit followed one celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. The Museum shop still contained a few reminders, including a postcard with the words and image from a 1987 New Yorker cartoon by J B Handelsman.
Picture Charles Dickens sitting across the desk from an editor reading the manuscript for his 12th novel, A Tale of Two Cities. Finally, the editor lifts his head and speaks, “I wish you would make up your mind, Mr. Dickens. Was it the best of times or was it the worst of times? It could scarcely have been both.”
I love that cartoon and remembering times together in NYC and my trek to the Morgan.
But that was yesterday.
This morning I awoke with second thoughts on those familiar words, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”
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