Time’s chart is magnified

Life seems to flood by, taking our loves quickly in its flow. In the growth of children, in the aging of beloved parents, time’s chart is magnified, shown in its particularity, focused, so that with each celebration of maturity there is also a pang of loss. This is our human problem, one common to parents, sons and daughters, too – how to let go while holding tight, how to simultaneously cherish the closeness and intricacy of the bond while at the same time letting out the raveling string, the red yarn that ties our hearts.

– Louise Erdrich, The Blue Jay’s Dance

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  1. Posted April 6, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    What a perfect quote for me today. These past three months have passed me by with busyness… Today I finally sit down to prioritize those things I love. “Life seems to flood by taking our loves in its flow.” Today, I take that to mean both people and things- reading, writing, just being.

  2. Posted April 6, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Did she write that for you?

  3. Posted April 8, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Louise Erdrich is brilliant. I love this quote. Thank you for sharing.