Neglect

Some Photo Friday themes have my name written all over them. Two weeks ago, I didn’t even try to post anything for the theme of “Clean.” I mean, for weeks now there’s been nothing clean in this apartment except me and my undies, and I’m not prepared to show you that sort of photography…

But this week’s theme of “Neglect” is something I know all about. With all the time I’ve spent toiling on the dissertation these past few weeks, I’ve neglected housework, student papers, book-keeping, you name it. So this photo of both Buddha and Bodhisattva calmly meditating amongst stacks of unopened mail, ungraded papers, and dusty journal articles pretty much sums up my life.

Annie Dillard once said that all her house-plants died when she was working on Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and I can relate. The aloe vera in the photo is the only house-plant we have, and it’s looking mighty sad these days. Aloes, of course, are desert plants: who knew that even they need upkeep?

    Apologies for the darkness/shadows in the photo. It was before 4:00 am when I took this shot, so it was dark outside and it’s not like I have spotlights & other professional photography equipment lying around. The fact that I took this photo at 4 am on a Friday morning probably says something about my pathetic recent lack-of-a-life. Hey, I told you I know something about neglect…