Mary was first in, first out near the county line and Rawson Ave. I asked her what she was doing while she waited at home for her car to be serviced.
“Well, you’ll feel better when that’s done.” I said.
“It’s never done.”
Alright then. Moving along ...
“Harry!" I asked, "What are you doing today?”
“I’m finishing up a paper I am giving at a conference in Germany in August.”
“Well,” I said, “isn’t that something. What’s the paper on?”
“My research and further interpretations on the Q narrative in the New Testament.”
“Welcome aboard,” I said, offering my hand, “you’re the first Q researcher I’ve ever met.”
“Q?” Mary asked.
“Yes,” Harry said, “there were different source writers in the Gospels and we believe that the Q writer is the most authentic voice of Jesus coming through any of the Gospels. Matthew and Luke borrowed heavily from Mark and John was on his own.”
Harry is a lifelong professor that retired two years ago. When I asked how retirement was going he said, with a noticeable glee in his voice, that he gets to write all the time now. He translates from old Greek, old German, and some French into English, I suppose.
Imagine that. Writing all the time. How wonderful for him.
Later in the morning I picked both of them up - this time separately - and took them back to the dealership. Mary told me she wished we’d taken him home first so she could have spent more time asking him questions. Mary also seemed to have a grip on the New Testament.
She did allow that she favors the divinely inspired camp of Bible readers and thinks that Harry’s a skeptic that needs to prove something. I don't know about that.
I, the writer/driver, kind of favor the Buddhist Nagarjuna when he offered all four possibilities. Yes. No. Both yes and no. Neither yes, nor no.
Similarly, Mu, a word used in Japanese Zen, indicates that a quicker way around is to un-ask the question. And that reminds me of my father saying: “You can’t get there from here.”
On we go.
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