The Rest Falls Into Place

It is our tradition to pass on some words of wisdom about how to have a happy marriage.  I know a lot of people say things about don’t go to bed angry, start and end each day with a kiss, be together but also spend some time apart, that sort of thing.

 

For me, I guess it can all be summed up this way: Pay attention.  The rest falls into place with that, I think.

 

~ Janet Halsinger, in Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

On Call. Always.

“What does it feel like to be a mother?”

 

Quiet, and then Joni says, “You know those doors where you go in and you can’t come out?”

 

“What doors can you go in and not come out?” Renie asks.

 

“They’re in mousetraps.”

 

“Being a mother feels like being in a mousetrap?”  Renie asks, laughing.

 

“A human one,” Joni says.  “You’re trapped because you’re always on call.”

 

~ elizabeth berg

Air and Sunshine into My Brain

Already I’ve seen that when you’re pulled away from your normal routine, it’s as though air and sunlight come into your brain and do a little housecleaning.  A lifting up of what’s been practically rusted into place to reveal something else, a thing that makes you understand the origin of the phrase ‘new and exciting’, a phrase usually offered with irony, in order to hide the longing.

~ elizabeth berg, Tapestry of Fortunes

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Serving Suggestion

“I have a problem with ageism, overt and especially covert.

My feeling about a person’s age is that it’s a serving suggestion.

It’s up to you what you do with it:

take it as offered, modify it, or ignore it all together.”

~ Cece in Tapestry of Fortunes, by Elizabeth Berg