Monday, August 17, 2009
An Old Computer with Divine Life
A very large mock-up of a IBM-style computer - circa 1990s - and its wild and colorful, almost psychedelic monitor screen, is positioned on the roof of a thrift store. It stands a good 6-feet or so. Probably in the hope, and with the expectation, that the computer's life would be enriched in some unexplainable way (and store sales would rise), it is joined by the solemn and prayerful figures of Mary and Joseph. My guess is that at some time in the past, as the thrift store received and sorted through its donations, the creche-type plastic figurines arrived. With wonder in his eyes, and marketing glee in his heart, the owner took them to the roof and carefully positioned them to either side of the weathered, obsolete computer CPU and monitor display. The colorful used car pennants were added later as a delicate touch to the unfolding manger scene. Strange and crazy as it is to behold, the tableau almost seems acceptable. On some level. Almost. It has been up there quite a while so apparently no one has objected.