When life mimics art ...

From time to time, life mimics art; such struck me as I read Mr. Goodman’s letter in last week’s Del Mar Times, specifically, “... until San Dieguito Valley is no longer considered to be environmentally sensitive.”

I was reminded of a scene in the underrated, largely forgotten film, “Soylent Green.” In this scene, the protagonist, played by Charlton Heston, brings his terminally-ill friend, played by Edward G. Robinson, into a theater. The powers that rule, in a rare gesture of humanity, allow those about to die a singular treat, a last vision of what once was and is now gone forever, their existence a forbidden topic. The Robinson character sees film of animals that once existed — deers, lions, zebras, etc. — while the Heston character explains what they were, all now extinct.

I visualized a scene in which a grandfather, each of his hands holding a hand of his two grandchildren, visits San Dieguito. “See that big building over there? That used to be where you could see the birds.” He points to another building. “And that was mostly water, used to have a lot of fish.” He waves his arm. “And all this was just land and water and birds and fishes.” He nods at the tall buildings dominating the area. “They used to call it the San Dieguito lagoon when I was your age.”

“What do they call it now, grandpa?” his granddaughter asks.

He pauses for a moment. “Two Paseo.”

Walter Carlin

Del Mar


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