|Full moon over Deer Lagoon, Whidbey Island|
the devourers of books, who exhaust themselves
only by reading, should desist as soon as they find
their comprehension more than commonly slow,
their sight moaty and dimmish, or their eyes hot and watery.
Samuel Tissot, from his Essay on Diseases Incident to
Literary and Sedentary Persons (1769)
Don't think I haven't felt chagrin, even guilt. I woke this morning and peered over the railing next to my bed, a loft that you reach by ladder. The sun slanted through the small, paned window over the kitchen sink and fell on the floor in a rainbow. Each part of the Hedgebrook cottage is perfect, perfect and sufficient to each moment. My mind might wander to the future, the end of my stay, finger the sore of re-entry, but the solitude here, the birds, the wildflowers gathered from the garden and placed in a jar on the windowsill, one plate, one bowl, one fork, one spoon, one cup to hold coffee conspire to keep me here, now.