Not long ago I wrote about a Gail Godwin quote I love:
“The more you respect and focus on the singular and the strange, the more you become aware of the universal and infinite.”
There’s so much in this that makes sense to me. Sometimes I’m struck by a tiny detail about someone that seems to speak volumes about who they are. For example: more times than I can count, I fill up other peoples’ Britas. I see them almost-empty in their fridges, and I fill them up. Why? I don’t know. But it says a lot about who I am, I think.
Also: I inevitably, always have the coffee for the next morning all set and pre-programmed by 6pm the night before. In a related, kitchen-centric detail, I’m an avid clean-up-as-I-go cook. When I served Thanksgiving dinner to my family last year, every single dish was washed and put away before we sat down. I cannot comprehend why others don’t do this.
Also: I still make old-fashioned photo albums, every few months printing out a bunch of pictures and pasting them into the pages with the peel-back clear covers.
What does this combination of small things say about me? I’m neurotic, thoughtful, and sentimental? Those would all true.
What are some of the tiny but wildly telling details about you?
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