Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Glance I'll Never Forget
The most meaningful sentences of a lifetime are always accompanied by a look, a glance without which words wouldn't mean the same. We might have not given it some serious thought so far, but those looks remain in our memory, no matter what.
How many times have we said something like, "I'll never forget the way he/she looked at me"?
Some of my most meaningful memories regard the way some persons looked at me while saying something important, or while a unique event was taking place.
For some reason, though, my eye memories all have a sad backtaste in common.
I will never forget my little friend's look - we were kindergarten kids - when I told her: "We're no longer friends"; the kind of things we say when we're kids (and when we're adults too). I must have been six, so she was five. She kept looking at me, but her eyes had changed and had become sad; I felt so sorry and guilty I took back what I had said and apologized.
I will never forget my father's look when he saw me off at the airport, leaving for America.
I will never forget when a friend said bye and I corrected her saying, "No, farewell forever is more appropriate"; I don't think I can ever forget the way she looked at me while replying, "Oh, Jacopo...".
I will never forget my dog's eyes the times he bit me. He would pull his ears back, coming again close to me but very slowly, like asking me for permission to approach me; his eyes, round and regretful as if to say, "I'm so sorry, I just couldn't control myself", conveyed the most sincere and genuine apologies I have ever received; so, I was never able to punish him.
I deeply believe that our eyes enclose the meaning of who we are, and reveal it in a subtle way. What I learned from life - and also through my acting experience - is that the eyes and the eyes only can guarantee a complete and profound emotional connection with the person standing before us.
Has anybody ever looked at you in a way you will never forget?