I’ve been away. I miss writing. I pledge to do it more in the next few months. I need the outlet. Lately my life has been flooded- in a good way- with people and events and the bustle of the summer. Our house seems almost constantly full, I’m always making a big pot of food or trying to quell the laundry/housework monster, the garden is starting to throw vegetables at me, and… I’ve been a little swept up in it all. Recently I’ve been thirsty for a little time to call my own, and writing always served to loosen that hinge just a little, allowing me some time to remember what it’s all about… I think there’s been so much on my mind that whenever I start to think about sitting down to write, the words start to overwhelm me and I can’t even begin. But, as with most of the good things in my life, it starts somewhere simple.

So for today, just a simple little peek into what makes me smile.

My daughter. Love of my life, light of my soul.
Jeff and I were talking the other day about what our lives would be like without her, and it was so crazy to us. We were giving each other startled looks and saying things like "What the hell kind of life would that be? Who wants that life? We’d probably be doing something really… dumb." I mean… life is SO GOOD with her in it.
Yellow, red, pink, round, pear-shaped, bulbous, juicy, bursting, warm, refreshing, luscious tomatoes. I love the way tomato plants smell on my skin. I love big, gluttonous slices of tomatoes. The only thing I dislike about them is that I’ve been spoiled for store bought. I’d rather wait until the next summer than bear the disappointment that is a grainy winter tomato.

Just some things that make me smile.


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  1. unicorntapestry

    Rambling on anticipation

    Your baby is amazing. Where was that pic taken?

    You know what I think? We live in an age where anticipation is held cheap. You want to watch a movie? Go online and watch it immediately. You want to heat your food? Pop it in the microwave. You want a tomato in the dead of winter? Buy one at the store. Sometimes the availability is fantastic, a good, even healthy thing. But in other ways, it spoils us. Louis CK: “Everything’s amazing, nobody’s happy” as you know. I think we lose something precious when we fail to value anticipation.

    For example:
    I am looking forward to reading at least two as yet unpublished books.
    I am eager to start this next school year because I want to see all my students a summer older, with their growth spurts and new braces and heavy summer tans.
    I am already excited to visit you all next year and seeing Vera and Tuula a year older and meeting your sister’s baby. I anticipate going out for sushi with you and Jeff.
    Not that I don’t grow impatient at times, but I value these things all the more because I can’t have them immediately.

    As Pippi Longstocking says: “If you should happen to go home now, you’ll be able to come again tomorrow. Because if you don’t go home, you can’t very well come back, and that would be a shame.”

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Re: Rambling on anticipation

      It was taken yesterday at the lake. Isn’t she so… delicious?

      I agree with everything you’ve written here. I love it. Great Pippi Longstocking quote too. I have been thinking a lot about what is natural to us, and about what Louis CK said, and why we aren’t happy. I think it’s partially because the natural world/order of things used to humble us, it used to keep us out of our own heads and in service to our lives and the lives of our families- keeping us grateful for things. I’m not sure that being able to have these things NOW is actually good for us. In some cases I’m not sure having these things at all is good. It’s hard to explain that to people, but you’ve done a great job here.

  2. hanitious

    I love this post 🙂 Writing really does have a way as a time to spend for yourself. Good to hear that everything is well.

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      I’ve been loving your writing lately. Also, your photos are incredible. Have you ever thought of doing it professionally? Either way, keep doing what you’re doing.

  3. ladyfaith3

    I love the pictures! I think you are right, life would not be the same without our kids!

  4. stupidfool

    awwww! your pictures of vera always make me smile, and she’s not even my daughter, so i can’t imagine how happy she must make you two!!


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