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July 31, 2016

"I wish I had paid more attention to it."


"There was a young couple strolling along half a block ahead of me.
The sun had come up brilliantly after a heavy rain, and the trees were glistening and very wet. On some impulse, plain exuberance, I suppose, the fellow jumped up and caught hold of a branch, and a storm of luminous water came pouring down on the two of them, and they laughed and took off running, the girl sweeping water off her hair and her dress as if she were a little bit disgusted, but she wasn’t. It was a beautiful thing to see, like something from a myth. I don’t know why I thought of that now, except perhaps because it is easy to believe in such moments that water was made primarily for blessing, and only secondarily for growing vegetables or doing the wash. I wish I had paid more attention to it. My list of regrets may seem unusual, but who can know that they are, really? This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it." —John Ames, in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 31, 2016 11:10 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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