Rami Saari On:
An Almost Sky Blue Hand by Rhea Galanaki
Our future is composed of our memories. Our present is also heavily shaped by them: our preferences, choices and actions are forever influenced by what we have experienced, loved and learned, what caused us pain, what we were drawn or averse to, by what we grew up imagining we couldn’t do without. Needless to mention, our past—the foundation of our memories—is also built from our predecessors and their memories: the fears, trials and experiences that shaped their past, present and future. In the story “An Almost Sky Blue Hand,” the writer relays the history of a meaningful friendship in her life, years after her friend had gone her separate way, once and for all. What is left of the person we loved after they have gone? What is forever imprinted on the memory after the thing itself has faded and disappeared? What is the importance of exciting things that happened to us once upon a time but meanwhile have become obsolete? On the seam between dream and reality the writer, who believes in humanistic values such as friendship, solidarity and social involvement, tells a story that alludes to the era in which she had risen as a literary figure and expert in liberal arts in a country that had been torn apart by foreign occupations, civil war and military dictatorship, and continues to struggle today with economic crises and relentless internal and foreign pressures. “An Almost Sky Blue Hand” consistently touches on the mist of memory, but also inspires us to contemplate the place of the present in our lives. Ultimately, the story indicates that our future is composed of our memories even in a constantly changing world.