Proust: ‘Partial Possession’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
October 1st 2017 | #118

Partial Possession

“We may, indeed, say that the hour of death is uncertain, but when we say so we represent that hour to ourselves as situated in a vague and remote expanse of time, it never occurs to us that it can have any connexion with the day that has already dawned, or may signify that death — or its first assault and partial possession of us, after which it will never leave hold of us again — may occur this very afternoon, so far from uncertain, this afternoon every hour of which has already been allotted to some occupation. You make a point of taking your drive every day so that in a month’s time you will have had the full benefit of the fresh air; you have hesitated over which cloak you will take, which cabman to call, you are in the cab, the whole day lies before you, short because you have to be at home early, as a friend is coming to see you; you hope that it will be as fine again to-morrow; and you have no suspicion that death, which has been making its way towards you along another plane, shrouded in an impenetrable darkness, has chosen precisely this day of all days to make its appearance, in a few minutes’ time, more or less, at the moment when the carriage has reached the Champs-Elysées.” ― Marcel Proust
ghost of proust at grave

A Happy Birthday Tribute for Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews was born Eighty-two (82) years ago today . October 01 1935

I want to wish Julie the Happiest of Birthdays with this short pictorial of memories I have felt in my life due to who she has been through the years so far.

Julie Andrews . No longer Maria . She is a transformation of all she experienced during her life time as far as it has come. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIE . I hope you have many more decades to go to continue learning and enjoying the depth of your life.

Camelot with Richard Birton as King Arthur opposite Julie as his Queen Guenevere. Between Camelot . My Fair Lady . and Boyfriend . I listened thousands of hours and many new albums . needed to be replaced. I was in love. She is spectacular. I love many actors for their talent and personalities but Julie Andrews has stood out more brightly than anyone I have ever seen. She is a STAR and Julie will SPARKLE INFINITELY.

This photo is taken around the time of Julie and Carol Burnett were preparing to perform together for the first time at Carnegie Hall and it is the first time I saw either perform or even knew who they were. I was a wee one at the time. I was literally and figuratively blown away by both of them and particularly Julie Andrews. Wow.

A shot of Julie in the first film I watched her in. This is from The Americanization of Emily . the best of the Anti-War films.

A collection of clips when put together . there appears the Practically Perfect in Every Way .  Mary Poppins.

One of the most breathtaking scenes . their dancing together made it hard for me to breath . also.

Breathtaking Dance Scene from The Sound of Music

The Laendler . Maria and the Captain Dancing

“You’re face is all red.” “Is it? I don’t suppose I’m used to dancing.” (The children were making their observant but innocent comments).

Julie Andrews and her husband Blake Edwards Hugging. It was on 31 Dec 1993 in Gstaad, Switzerland

Like so many . I wished Julie was my mom . my grandmother told me Julie should be my mom . that was before my gram died when I was too young to lose her. So Julie did become my mom . a not too distant surrogate.

One of my favorite songs Julie sang . . .

The opening of The Sound of Music with Julie singing . dancing . and being blown over by a helicopter as it filmed her scene from above.

Some words from Julie Andrews I found touching and philosophical.

“Once in a while I experience an emotion onstage that is so gut-wrenching, so heart-stopping, that I could weep with gratitude and joy. The feeling catches and magnifies so rapidly that it threatens to engulf me.” ― Julie Andrews Edwards, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

“Remember: the amateur works until he can get it right. The professional works until he cannot go wrong.” ― Julie Andrews Edwards, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years