I sit at my desk in the predawn moments between 5:30 and 6 and I can hear the hum outside my window. People moving about, on their way to wherever they’re going, me wishing I could stay here at my desk all day, creating. And I can’t.
I lit three candles in gratitude practice, a preparation for inspiration. Gratitude as a preparation for anything is a wise choice. So hearty and potent, the woman who Gratitude is understands the inherent hunger for precise praise, metered out for nothing more than the joy of proclaiming it so: grateful for candles on sale at Target, grateful for Emma’s rising maturity, grateful for my voluminous files at Flickr, though updating the past 18 months or so would be quite an inspiring idea.
My slightly chilled hands grasp the coffee mug and chug more than sip. My chest craves the warmth of the coffee. I discover completely by accident the candles through quite a strong heat.
Inspiration may be found in the warmth of the candles, in the image on the coffee, in the freedom from Alice’s insistent presence (I tucked her into my room with the door closed.) Inspiration comes from salt shakers – a la Julia and a la Victor. Inspiration comes from conversations about Laura Ingalls Wilder and Emmy Bridgewater and a moment recollected from 1996.
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