those moments when she stopped and thought I’m awake!

The sun was out after a sojourn behind some clouds.  Planes glinted in the sunlight and gradually diminished in the distance, leaving a trail of noise.  A light breeze took the edge off the heat.  The moment struck her as perfect, in the way that quotidian moments sometimes did.  She tried to freeze it in her mind: the acid sweetness of her apple, the crunch of it against her teeth, the smell of the grass.  It was cheating, in a sense, to circumvent the natural sifting process of memory, but she found that those moments when she stopped and thought I’m awake! as though in the midst of a dream, were ones she remembered with an uncommon clarity.

– Matthew Thomas, We Are Not Ourselves

Thank you, Lacy, for sending me this perfect passage.

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  1. Pam Davidson
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I just finished reading the book, We Are Not Ourselves, from which this quote was taken. It is filled with similar gems. Brilliant.

  2. auntie_jenn
    Posted October 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    listening to this on audible now. beautifully told.