Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday

Cal's first game of the season.

The boys and I are listening to My Antonia on the way to and from school.

This morning:

'I kept as still as I could. Nothing happened. I did not expect anything to happen. I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.' - Book I, Ch. 2

8 comments:

Tracy said...

That last line is pretty haunting.

They must have had a ball playing in the mud like that.

C.E.R. said...

Oh goodness, I loved that book when we read it in HS. Think I may have to pull it off the bookshelf again...

Danae Gillespie said...

My Antonia is one of my favorite books, I hope you and your boys enjoy it immensely!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Go Cal! And I'm off to read more about this book... Wonderful excerpt.

Erica said...

I had an English professor in college who impacted me more than any other...she had us read among other things My Antonia and The Bean Trees...Willa Cather and Barbara Kingsolver are now two of my very favorite authors...thanks for the reminder that I need to dig those two books out again...and perhaps write a letter to that professor...

molly said...

Lecia, thank you for the gift of Cather's words here, the gift of yours, before.

Both stunned me with their truth.

M

KPiep said...

I haven't read that book since high school. Perhaps I should get it back out!

Francesca said...

Beautiful quote.