On Looking, Together

*Hi from Greece! When I told Eric I was planning to ask some beloved people to write guest posts for the time when we’d be away, I thought for a second and said, “Maybe you would like to write one?” And he did! And it is so beautiful. Eric says that he thinks people may be getting a *slightly* biased opinion of him from the blog because I am always singing his praises…but now you can read for yourself and see that I exaggerate nothing! I am so thankful for my sweet, compassionate, intelligent, and fun-loving husband.*

taps mic.  Is this thing on?

Hey everyone, this is Eric.  Wow, the lights are bright out here.  I just want to start by saying how much I enjoy all of your comments here on the blog.  Usually I prefer to work in the back and stay pretty quiet–this is Cameron’s show, after all—but I really appreciate all of you being here.


When I was in college, I started listening to an indie band from Brooklyn called Bishop Allen.  They never got that big break, and probably lots of other bands had more critical acclaim, but I liked their direct, joyful melodies and non-ironic lyrics.  I put this song on the first mix CD I made for Cameron, and we’ve been listening to them together ever since.

 

A few months after we started dating, Bishop Allen released a new album.  One of its songs, “The Ancient Commonsense of Things,” features the following lyrics:

“There are those who know to look
to all the crannies and the nooks
and when I found you did, what it meant to me”

On Looking, Together

Those lines clearly distilled a quality of Cameron’s that I have loved and wondered at since we first met: her attentiveness to beauty in all of the world.  The things Cameron notices have been many of our “third things:” and in looking together, we have grown together.

On Looking, Together

Cameron introduced me to whole new neighborhoods in Berkeley and Oakland that I had never been to.  We walked streets new to me, enjoyed restaurants I’d never noticed, and smelled flowers I had passed by.

On Looking, Together

I saw how attention and imagination could transform mundane objects in a thrift store bin into art, or at least everyday beauty; and how that creative process was uplift in itself.

On Looking, Together

At Cameron’s urging, we travelled and saw new places together, exploring with fresh eyes side by side: Napa and Sonoma, Albuquerque, Hawai’i, Aspen, Palomar, Ventura, Idyllwild, Monterey, Big Bear, San Diego, Istanbul

On Looking, Together

Patiently, we built a new life together in Pasadena.

Eaton Canyon

And now, here on the blog, Cameron continues to show me our shared experiences from new perspectives.  Reading those posts, and getting to know her yet a little better, is a highlight of my every morning.  I hope it is a tenth as meaningful for all of you as it is for me.  As the song says, there is a joyful common sense in our life together:

“And book to shelf
and foot to shoe
and likewise I belong to you”

On Looking, Together

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