19 June 2012

the happy children of life

This excerpt from Laurie Colwin's "A Mythological Subject" keeps popping into my head:

It is often to the wary that the events in life are unexpected. Looser types—people who are not busy weighing and measuring every little thing—are used to accidents, coincidences, chance, things getting out of hand, things smeaking up on them. They are the happy children of life, to whom life happens for better or worse.

Those who believe in will, in meaning, in intentionality, who brood, reflect, and contemplate, who believe there are no accidents, who are born with clear vision or an introspective temperament or a relentless consciousness are quite another matter.
And so I thought I'd share it with you and let it pop around your head for awhile.

Laurie is, in case you don't know, one of my favorite short story writers {and food writers; a worthy combination, there}, and this quote is underlined and bracketed about six times in my copy.  I love stories like that:  ones that I can pick up at any moment and feel like I've run into an old friend, one whose smile I know so well.

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