Thursday, September 19, 2013

On Having It All

Delia Ephron has a new book called "Sister Mother Husband Dog" and this is an excerpt from it about "having it all".

It might be a fleeting moment - drinking a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning when the light is especially bright. It might also be a few undisturbed hours with a novel I'm in love with, a three-hour lunch with my best friend, reading "Goodnight Moon" to a child, watching a Nadal-Federer match. Having it all definitely involves an ability to seize the moment, especially when it comes to sports. It can be eating in bed when you're living on your own for the first time or the first weeks of a new job when everything is new, uncertain and a bit scary. It's when your senses are engaged. It's when you feel at peace with someone you love. And that isn't often.  Loving someone and being at peace with him (or her) are two different things.  Having it all are moments in life when you suspend judgment. It's when I attain that elusive thing called peace of mind. 

Not particularly American, unquantifiable, unidentifiable, different for everyone, but you know it when you have it.

...I have it all. And not only that, I can have more.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Hi Diane. Glad you're blogging again. I went down to the subscribe button, but it gave only two options--neither of which I belong to--and I really don't want to have to sign up for another service, so I hope you keep notifying us on FB.

Elder care issues can be so draining. Michael's family has been dealing with it too, and it's been . . . well, contentious. I'm glad to hear your situation with your parents has grown more stable.

FYI, I've recently started blogging again too. I moved to WordPress because it gave me more options for combing a blog and an author page. If you ever want to check it out, it's It's going to be a combination of posts about history, writing, and book reviews.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Shoot. This went on the wrong post. Sorry.