Giants from childhood


Sculpture by PENELOPE JENCKS, at Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown.

She has been creating oversized sculptures that depict naked adults who are  middle aged and older.  The gallery says her idea is for the figures "to have the same relationship to the viewer as her own parents and  parents' friends did to her when  she was a child.''

That reminds me: I was a party on a porch in South Dartmouth, Mass., the other day. I  was much enjoying talking with all these interesting old people. Then I remembered, with a start, that they're my contemporaries.

The old cliche about having young children came to mind: "the days are long and the years are short.''