Sunday, January 13, 2008

sun 13th

sun 13th

A day of visitors

I've been wondering what effect the operation will have on George's personality. Will he have more energy at different times? be more active? cry more? sleep less? Will I even recognise him once he's no longer restricted by the work of his heart?

Today, George reassures me. He is much brighter - much more like his old self. He's been smiling and giggling all day, and is barely sleeping at all. he's drinking his milk much more actively. He also produced the biggest pooh of his life - still, you can't have everything.

My Mum visited and it was great to see her. We went for lunch and Mum gave him his milk. when she left, Gillian and Hazel arrived to give George more attention.

George is fascinated by a book given to him by Hailey from the NTC group. It's a simple set of high contrast images of snowflakes in black and white with a few bold colours. I think a lot of thought must have gone into those geometric shapes because he's fixated by them. Perhaps the contrast and bold colours are easier to interpret than our complex world with its subtle shades and shifting shapes.

However I think it's more than that - there's repetition in the snowflakes - each one repeating simpler shapes in circles and those shapes combine in different ways in each snowflake. some pages show just one flake - others have them arranged in patterns. Some have repetitions of the same flake - others have combinations of different ones.

It's another case of the appeal of rhythms and repitition - the fact that when something happens again and again in the same way, you can begin to know what will happen next. You can begin to predict the world - to make connections between things - to understand and plan for a future which has some certainty.

And once you've nailled the certainties and come up with your theories - whether they're which shapes make up a snowflake or when you're feeds will come, or how night follows day or beats follow beats in a song - you can be thrilled by the challenge posed by changes in the rhythms. you can enjoy the unexpected. You can build on your knowledge of the world and enjoy the excitement of untangling its new layers of complexities - safe in the knowledge that you've got the basic rules under control.

Rhythms and patterns are basic and fundemental to our ability to make sense of the world - and finding new and unexpected events leads to new rhythms and more complex patterns. I'm glad George loves the book because the love of and the search for patterns and rhythms is what links art, and science - what makes us love and seek knowledge and understanding and beauty and it's an appreciation and a quest that lasts our whole lives - if we're lucky.

Plus snowflakes are pretty.

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