The rain on our tin roof keeps me dreaming past the appointed 6 am, then 7am, and even the waking realization of this isn’t jarring. Now coffee’d and downstairs beside the fire, I gaze out the window where the cat uncurls into a stretch. It really should be snow, but the effect is the same: a deep deep heartbeat of peacefulness as the cat re-curls herself.
There is sociology study all over the couch and table in front of the fire – it sounds like paper flip, <sniff>, pen scratch, blanket shuffle, paper flip, <breathe, sigh>, paper flip, pen scribble, <clear throat>, fire crackle, woodstove click-click, ping (as it heats up again). The old fridge – Hazel’s fridge – roars its fan over this, but even through that I hear the rain outside. There it is, through the big window – straight down rain as steady and familiar and comforting as day following night, the North Star, Orion’s Belt, the Milky Way. The grass outside glows green – drinking drinking.
In my head a radio is always playing on low volume – is everyone like this? I don’t get to choose the playlist – it can be anything from an irritating pop song, a Brahms sonata to God Save the Queen (all versions). Happily my radio selection is appropriate to the morning – Sting’s version of Gabriel’s Message, performed in Durham Cathedral.
The simplest of things astonish me today, at 8:20am. I think I’ve been altered on a cellular level by the movie Life of Pi .
I’ve seen it twice now, so those incredible Ang Lee / Yann Martel images are now imbedded in me, to my everlasting delight and wonder.
Happy Tuesday everyone.