When Max-Man was diagnosed with an ACL injury and it looked like we were going to be slowing life down for the summer, I went out and purchased two books; The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo and House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I thought since I would be in the house so much, dealing with plumbing and floor renovations, this afforded me a wonderful opportunity to nest and sort through the clutter.
Well, it turns out that House of Leaves is a VERY ‘heady’ book, more so than I am accustomed to reading and I’d say that I typically enjoy conceptual reading. I had just finished The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje and the last book I could possibly be drawn to was something contemplative. Besides, it was on July 2nd that I broke my foot. The heat, the fracture and the House of Leaves were not a nice combination. So, that one is tucked away on my book shelf for the short term…good winter reading.
Marie Kondo’s book is an easy quick read and is a great resource for making some quick decisions about a space and objects that give you joy. Unfortunately, right now, I have stacks of categories in the works everywhere because I can no longer scoot and flit through my house with energy and instead, clump clomp around like a person in leg irons. Everything, for now, is in slow motion.
Well, it turns out that books are coming to me via various angels and shared cups of tea and coffee gatherings. This is a way that I will remember to love others who are similarly stuck at home. I’ve had beautiful visits at the feast table and at the red kitchen table with friends from a whole number of contexts in my life. Some have come by with pastries. Some have come by with muffins and some with books. I’m grateful.
Presently, I’m reading a fiction set in Newfoundland. Sweetland by Michael Crummey is one of those books that moves seemlessly, without effort, and I feel cozy and wonderful when I pick the book up and disappear into the story. My friends would still remark that this is a ‘downer’, but it is elegant and the words carry me away.
Thanks to those of you who have thought to bring me books or, as my father and sister-friend Ramona did, mail me books. Reading causes a connection with other stories. It is good to take your head away from what you think is an obstacle and to realize the huge situations others endure, even if those situations are purely fiction.
I am blessed by family and friends. I love you.