No doubt it’s hard to leave paradise, but I’m always looking over my shoulder: What am I missing? I’m into one thing and wondering, what comes next?
It takes effort to be totally “in the moment” and I keep working at it, but maybe even more lately, I am always worried that I won’t get to everything.
Here in paradise, I filled my Kindle with lots of recommended titles and finished two powerful novels. Many great book lovers I know loved Olive Kitteridge and after just a few pages I was sure I would too and yes, I did.
Olive, the main character, is not a hero, far from it. She appears in the first chapter filled with edge and an inability to see herself. But she is given the time to begin her interior work, even though she comes to it later than many. So the focus of the book was on her as an older woman, dealing with her aging and that felt close to home given where I am in years, anyway. And Tuvia as well.
So yes, we are leaving paradise today and usually Tuvia is dragging me home, but like him I’m ready to get home and embrace some cool challenges coming my way…
It will be easier to get to the web, a new documentary film class begins tomorrow night, my Flamenco guitar group will be playing in public this month for the first time and I am way too slow and on Thursday, as long as there’s no snow, our Hudson Valley Writing Project’s leadership team will meet with our Summer Institute ’09 group for one last time and next week we begin interviews for our SI 2010.
Wow, lots of moments to stay with.
See you back in the USA for a Slice a Day with the Two Writing Teachers