Quote of Inspiration

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Atilla and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Ah...it seems so long ago that I posted last, and it's only been just over a week. Alas, the big European vacation is over, and I'm back home with the kiddos and the grandmas and a bad case of hives that I seem to have picked up on the return flight home - along with a nasty sinus infection.

Oh well. It was worth it. I mean, if you're going to be miserable with jet lag and hives, at least it's on the heels of a fabulous vacation that included a seven-course Spanish dinner, a private tour of the Paris police station (totally unexpected and slightly dodgy), Brazilian mojitos with a kick and the sweetest wedding ever. Toss in a mini-Peace Corps reunion and a harrowing car ride from Burgos to Madrid, and it was pretty much good times all around.

I have much to write, and I realize now that I still haven't posted about my last fig - camping with my children. I will write about that asap.

More on Paris and Spain soon to come. Incidentally I can mark off 2 figs from the list, but they're not necessarily the ones I had in mind.........


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