like a wick

I used to copy down favorite passages in a notebook.  A small five by seven three-ring binder.  I could move the pages around, organize them.  I haven’t written in it in a while.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe too busy writing myself.  Anyway, I was looking through it today to see if what mattered before still did.  And most do.  I found four pages worth of sentences and paragraphs from The Rest of Life, by Mary Gordon.  When I got to this passage, I stopped, right there in the G’s, so I could copy it here.  It makes me want to read the book again, despite the huge tower of unread books in my study.  Here it is.  See if you don’t want to rush to your shelf or out to find it:

“She sees that she has before her an important task: to understand that all the things that happened in her life happened to her.  That she is the same person who was born, was a child, a girl, a young woman, a woman, and now she is old.  That there is some line running through her body like a wick.  She is the same person who was once born.  All the things that happened to her hapened to one person…’I’m trying to understand what it means to have had a life.'”

4 thoughts on “like a wick

  1. Hello Aunt Cindy!

    What a neat blog and what wonderful words in that quotation! I am currently filling up my own quotation book with words from Joyce Carol Oates in The Faith of a Writer and Marilynne Robinson in Home. Thank you for sharing the words you find both beautiful and true with the world!


  2. Hi, I love your blog!!! It’s beautiful and smart, and you express a lot of the same things I think about and like myself. I love the pictures of the books, and I love that you mention good books to read. It’s also fun that you make the entries short, because it’s enticing, and it makes me want to find out more.


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