The speed and pace of our life here in this country, the noise and the demand of it, the sheer unadulterated motion of it, are almost too much for me to cope with.
Sometimes, it’s too much.
”I’m just going to sit down and read for an hour,” I tell Gerry when I come home at the end of the day. I need solitude and silence to counteract the cacophony.
I pull out dishes of leftovers for supper, thankful I don’t have to cook. I remain quiet as the day fades—it’s all I can do when I’m empty. I’m best left alone.
After all these years, he understands.
And the day winds down, and a new one dawns, and the silence has done its work, and I am strong again.