“it’s because you read ape house first. the subject matter-getting older-makes it a difficult read.”
i don’t know, i think, actually, it’s because i felt most connected with the apes, and that they came into the story right away, and not 60-something pages in…i will probably watch the forthcoming movie starring reese whitherspoon, but i will wait for it to come out on dvd and watch it from the library. i guess i had elephants on the dome this week, as horton hears a who became the book that i read with the chilrens on thursday.
“One of the greatest indignities about being old is that people insist on helping you with things like bathing and going to the washroom.
I don’t in fact require help with either, but they’re all so afraid I’m going to slip or break my hip again that I get a chaperone whether I like it or not. I always insist on walking into the washroom myself, but there’s always someone there, just in case, and for some reason it’s always a woman. I make whoever it is turn around while I drop my drawers and sit, and then I send her outside until I’m finished.
Bathing is even more embarrassing, because I have to strip down to my birthday suit in front of a nurse. Now, there are some things that never die, so even though I’m in my nineties my sap sometimes rises. I can’t help it. They always pretend not to notice. They’re trained that way, I suppose, although pretending not to notice is almost worse than noticing. It means they consider me nothing more than a harmless old man sporting a harmless old penis that still gets uppity once in a while. Although if one of them took it seriously and tried to do something about it, the shock would probably kill me.” (107)
“Sometimes I think that if I had to choose between an ear of corn or making love to a woman, I’d choose the corn. Not that I wouldn’t love to have a final roll in the hay-I am a man yet, and some things never die-but the thought of those sweet kernels bursting between my teeth sure sets my mouth to watering. It’s fantasy, I know that. Neither will happen. I just like to weigh the options, as though I were standing in front of Soloman: a final roll in the hay or an ear of corn. What a wonderful dilemma. Sometimes I substitute an apple for the corn.” (8)