Books

08 August 2012

I suppose that anything following an audio/visual post is going to have to fight for attention, so I was at a bit of a loss as to what to write, then I thought of a comment someone made in relation to the video. It was a comment made by a woman who knew Nina in the latter part of her life, and she remarked on the fact that she had never seen photos of Nina when she was younger. For this woman, Nina was always a certain age - she had a present, but no past. What this woman said is indicative of how many of us relate to the people around us, and, if they are old, then, for us, they have always been old. We forget that they have had a past; we can even forget that, inside that old person, there is the essential person who has always been there and always will be there. Appearances may well change, but the 'essential' person does not change. Everyone has a past as well as a present, and an understanding of a person's past can often change our perception of that particular person's present.