Monday, April 28, 2008

Things that keep me sane --

(1) Chores -- taking out the trash, mopping, washing the dishes, ironing, rubbing lime on the cutting board to take away the smell of garlic (Jhumpa Lahiri talks about this I think -- is it in the Namesake or the Interpreter of Maladies? And there it was about the smell of garlic on somebody's hands), wiping clean tomato paste off the stove, straightening the rug...the carefully ordered objects of my relentlessly disordered life.

(2) Text messages -- random words, orchestrated sentences, solitary thoughts, lives shared, distances travelled, careless touching, careful questions, words and more words.

(3) Playing -- racketball, frisbee, running, headstands, my pilates ball, swimming, dancing

(4) Reading -- just reading

(5) Dogs and cats (for all of those I have loved before; Y and S and M and B and L and V and my A)

(6) Nostalgia and melancholia and schizophrenia and madness.

"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

-- Lewis Carroll

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