Die Pokémon sind als erste wach. Ein Bisasam sitzt auf meinem Kopfkissen. Ein Tragosso streckt seinen Knochen unter der Bettdecke hervor. Ein Ledyba flattert an der Fensterscheibe. Mein Sohn kommt in mein Schlafzimmer, stempelt auf unserer Bonuskarte die Tagesaufgabe ab und komplettiert damit eine Wochenserie. Zur Belohnung erscheint ein Latias. Wir werden bis nach dem Frühstück brauchen, um ihn zu fangen: Drei Anläufe, insgesamt einundzwanzig Bälle und sieben Beeren.
So, you’re saying you want to go? I hear you – but wait. If you were a person, I’d write you a letter with a real pen, in real ink and on a real piece of paper. And I’d ask you to at least read it through to the end and listen to what I have to say before you go. However, I suspect that you’re not a person,
So now it’s the year of the monkey. For some, even more specifically, it’ll very soon be the year of the male fire monkey. Firstly, therefore, happy new year to those who feel that their year is starting now: May it be colourful, melodious, rose-scented, gentle, and infused with a fine taste of ginger and honey. Secondly, then, it seems high time to reflect on the leadership lessons our simian ancestors have been trying to teach us for thousands and thousands of years, while we were too busy to listen, totally absorbed in our own evolutionary journey.
We all come from somewhere. For many of us, this is a place we remember as home, more or less complete with a family (in whatever constellation), childhood friends, and a random collection of brittled memories, outgrown fantasies, bruised teddybears, and broken toys – the enormous value of all of which can only be assessed by our own smaller selves. For many of us, also, Christmas is a time when we get a little more in touch with this place than in our day-to-day grown-up lives.
I’m not a movie buff. My favourite movies of all times are blockbuster kitsch romances, complicated stories with baroquesque soundtracks, and voluptuous film adaptations of morbid masterpieces of European literature. There have been times in my life when years went by without me watching a single feature movie at all, and there have been times when I accidentally stumbled into watching several movies in a row that I hadn’t even chosen myself. So, really, I don’t know anything about movies at all.