“I Didn’t Recognize You At First”

August 22, 2011

This summer, I did not finish editing my book.  I did not make any money, or contribute to the economy in any way other than as a consumer and a traveler — buying food and sending my kids to summer camp.  I did not do very much yoga.  My garden still looks bleak and weedy. My socks — like everything else I own — remain unsorted.  I didn’t read nearly as much as I would have liked to, and I didn’t get to see some of the family and friends I wish I had.

This summer I have been to heaven more times than I could ever be said to deserve. But I hadn’t seen it as a particularly successful summer.  More like a lazy and luxurious one.

But then I was looking at some photos from our recent trip back to our home away.  And I saw something I hadn’t expected.  Something I didn’t recognize at first.

and i said to it, “success, i didn’t
recognize you at first,” (from Erin McKeown, “Fast As I Can”)

and i said to it, “success, you
don’t look the way,

you don’t look the way i have
dreamed of you,


dreamed of you.”

Lindsey August 22, 2011 at 9:11 am

So, so lovely. xox

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