Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I will finish Didion tonight. Yesterday I purchased a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned that I plan to start tomorrow while I start an Americano. Once more, I considered abandoning her grief and her--perhaps because it is my own grief I can not abandon by such choice--but decided once more to stick it out. I am glad that I have, as she is beginning to strike chords in me I don't yet know how to play.
To give is better than to receive, and that this is true of love more than all else is the one lesson I'd take from these nineteen years if forced to choose.
While longing to glean more independent years like the one I've begun to wrap my head around, I long also to chuck independence into a commercial-grade trash bag and stop its leaking into any welcome, newfound dependency. This conflict leaves me sitting on sofas in the dark, comparing shadows on the blinds to those from the night before.
The reason I stripped my green fleece blanket from my lap, folded the recliner back to its fully locked and upright position, and required Didion's patience of me while I type in the dark is this: all this free time and no one to spend it with. This struck me as particularly concerning because I am reading a widow's account of her lover's death, yes, but also because I like to wish my free time away. I like to sleep while the sun is up and watch episodes of television in which I have no emotional investment. I suppose there is no self-chiding to be done for this. At least not now. The future version of me I imagine scolding the past me for lounging around when the years within my marriage and children's lives--
No. The future me knows more, not less. Knowing now that I do my best with what I have is not knowledge I will lose while doing my best with what I have once I have it. But knowing that doesn't stop me from imagining wrinkles in time that allow for the reversal of sloth, the achieving of fulfillment, the establishment of personal improvement.
At least I think with a straight face. All this analyzing won't show in any wrinkles of my own. Those we save for smiles and laughter, anger and concern. Those we save for evidence that no time is wasted.
And I can't help but think, you are Joan Didion. Defined as a highly esteemed American essayist and novelist. But within that name, when you look to yourself, you exist now as an ongoing attempt to separate yourself from definitions that abandoned you. John's wife. Quintana's mother. You are left to be, simply, Joan. And there is nothing simple about that.
Posted by Lucy Doughty at 12:49 AM
Sunday, March 11, 2012
and Wheel of Fortune never called me!
(hey! post #400! haha if I had realized that pre-post, it wouldn't be such a weenie)
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