It was less like seeing than like being for the first time seen...

22 August 2008



So the Midwest nourishes us and presents us with the spectacle of a land and a people completed and certain. And so we run to our bedrooms and read in a fever, and love the big hardwood trees outside the windows, and the terrible Midwest summers, and the terrible Midwest winters, and the forested river valleys with the blue Appalachian Mountains to the east of us and the broad great plains to the west. And so we leave it sorrowfully, having grown strong and restless by opposing with all our will and mind and muscle its simple, loving, single will for us: that we stay, that we stay and find a place among its familiar possibilities. Mother knew we would go; she encouraged us.

--Annie Dillard An American Childhood
Kelly Ginger, I read this and thought of you.


3 comments:

citycenter said...

no readily-available vegan sundaes in michigan/the entire midwest. i checked.

appleoftheearth said...

I have to read that Dillard.

I miss you so much! COME BACK BABY GIRL!

Emily said...

I love that quote. It's now on the "To Read" List!