Tuesday, April 10, 2012

So it goes.

The Universe has been a real dick to my friends lately. It needs to back off.

My brother, who knows this about the Universe, sent me an email yesterday that I want you to see. But it requires some background. In order to appreciate this email, you might need to know that my brother and I were one year apart in high school and we shared a lot of things: a bathroom, friends, mountains of books.... In 1999-2000 we shared a Kurt Vonnegut phase. We were trying really, really hard to be intellectuals at the time, which was difficult because we were also very dumb. I remember that on our choir trip, we both stuffed our satchels full of books so we could read in the lines at Disneyland instead of talk to our friends like normal freaking teenagers. Or maybe that was just me.

Anyway, he sent me this quote from an A.V. Club article by Scott Gordon, Josh Modell, Noel Murray, Tasha Robinson, and Kyle Ryan:

"So it goes.""[T]he repeated refrain from Vonnegut's classic Slaughterhouse-Five isn't notable for its unique wording so much as for how much emotion—and dismissal of emotion—it packs into three simple, world-weary words that simultaneously accept and dismiss everything. There's a reason this quote graced practically every elegy written for Vonnegut.... It neatly encompasses a whole way of life. More crudely put: 'Shit happens, and it's awful, but it's also okay. We deal with it because we have to.'"

And because he's Cliff, he added this:

Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Right now, my dear high school friend Brittany has to deal with being paralyzed because she got into a mountain biking accident the day before Easter. She has two little kids and a husband and they are scrambling to make their whole lives wheelchair-accessible. If you can, please donate to her cause.

So it goes.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Gretta so sorry to hear about your friend. As you know my grandma was in a wheelchair for >50 years and was a woman of unbelievable grace and strength. It looks like your friend is someone who will be the same way.
Hope to see you soon=