Every day, I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight. Mary Oliver A woman, white-haired and a little bit shaky on her feet, looking at stuffies and other little children’s treasures in the store, smiling wide as she picks up each one for a closer look. Perhaps she is thinking
Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment. T. S. Eliot We are traveling to spend time with family today, and I am anticipating we’ll see some beautiful fall colour on the way. I considered taking my camera, realized we won’t have time to stop for
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. Henry James I walk in to the by-now-familiar room to register for next year’s community garden plot and there is a woman sitting across the table talking with the
Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet. Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables After a gruelling hour or so at an appointment downtown (well, gruelling to me, at least) I head to the mall to walk off some stress. It’s late on Friday afternoon and the mall seems full of people.
Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude. Marcel Proust The smoke outside from the forest fires is brutal—the worst of the summer so far. I will venture out at some point to water the garden and harvest some vegetables; it will be a quick, and less than enjoyable, task.
There is no doubt that solitude is a challenge and to maintain balance within it a precarious business. But I must not forget that, for me, being with people or even with one beloved person for any length of time without solitude is even worse. I lose my center. I feel dispersed, scattered, in pieces.
Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed. Mary Oliver For a moment I’m confused, and in my first waking moments I take attendance to figure out who’s here. Ladybug Girl won’t be climbing into bed for early morning snuggles; she’s back home and heading to camp of another kind this morning.