Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Read Elsewhere: The Slippery Year

"There's this strange phenomenon.  An hour after you've put your children to sleep, the ways in which you have wronged them sprawl out on your chest, all two hundred and fifty pounds of them, and suck the breath right out of you.  It works the same way with gratitude.  An hour after your family has left the house, you love them with a piercing intensity that was nowhere to be found when you were scraping egg yolk off their breakfast dishes.  Your hope is to one day feel this way about them when they're in the room.  This is a pretty lofty goal."

" . . . I am one of six and a half billion people currently taking their turn at being alive on this planet.  One of billions trying to make sense of their lives, their heartbreaks, their regrets, their greatest loves, their bad knees, and their beloved children sitting in front of them who will one day be part of the billions who have come before and have long since been forgotten."

-from The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After by Melanie Gideon

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