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notes on living a life

sufficient || week 49

"There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient" 
— Marilynne Robinson

my week is full of Christmas
and a birthday

we cut the tree
he does the lights and i decorate it,
i sit at night, with the dog in my lap
and a book open, but mostly, i just watch the tree

"The moon looks wonderful in this warm evening light, just as a candle flame looks beautiful in the light of morning. Light within light...It seems to me to be a metaphor for the human soul, the singular light within that great general light of existence." 
— Marilynne Robinson, Gilead 
"There is more beauty than our eyes can bear, precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm." 
— Marilynne Robinson, Gilead  

i make my boy a whole recipe of vanilla panna cotta
we each get our own small serving
after his birthday dinner,
but the rest i send home with him
he will make himself sick eating it, i think 

"This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it." 
— Marilynne Robinson, Gilead  

we meet for lunch on his real birthday
we talk and laugh and i remember
so clearly, the day he was born 35 years ago
but can't remember what i had for breakfast   

"The twinkling of an eye. That is the most wonderful expression. I've thought from time to time it was the best thing in life, that little incandescence you see in people when the charm of a thing strikes them, or the humor of it. 'The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart.' That's a fact." 
— Marilynne Robinson
"Their lives spun off the tilting world like thread off a spindle, breakfast time, suppertime, lilac time, apple time." 
— Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

and Christmas time. . . 

"She thought, If I’m crazy, I may as well do what I feel like doing. No point being crazy if you have to worry all the time about what people are thinking anyway." 
—  Marilynne Robinson, Lila

how was your week?