the best is often when nothing is happening

Highlights and Interstices

We think of lifetimes as mostly the exceptional
and sorrows. Marriage we remember as children,
vacations and emergencies. The uncommon parts.
But the best is often when nothing is happening.
The way a mother picks up the child almost without
noticing and carries her across Waller Street
while talking with the other woman. What if she
could keep all of that? Our lives happen between
the memorable. I have lost two thousand habitual
breakfasts with Michiko. What I miss most about
her is that commonplace I can no longer remember.

– Jack Gilbert


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6 Comments

  1. Posted March 27, 2015 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    I absolutely adore this, Lindsey. Thank you.

  2. Posted March 27, 2015 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    So gorgeous. xo

  3. Posted March 27, 2015 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    So sad and true and beautiful and perfect. Thank you.

  4. Posted March 27, 2015 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    “Our lives happen between the memorable.”

    That just says it all, doesn’t it?

  5. Kathy stiles
    Posted March 28, 2015 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    So sad yet so true. Thanks for the reminder to cherish each of those interstitial spaces.

  6. Posted March 29, 2015 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    OH, this is gorgeous. I love it. This is so beautifully written and so true: “Our lives happen between the memorable.”