Tuesday, October 28, 2014

all eyes on the kite

This weekend with family, we flew a kite at the beach.

Over and over again.

I watched as each child, and most of the grownups there, took turns throwing the kite up and into the air and then having their own turns trying to fly it.

There was something about that time on the beach, the sun out and glinting off the ocean.

When all the sibling and cousin and family relationships played themselves out so quietly and beautifully on the sand, working together to get it to fly, with all eyes on the kite.

I breathed deeply, of what could be one of our last days on the beach before winter.

And the tide came in.

This week I am writing.  And for me, reading a great deal comes along with this.  I read good things, by wonderful writers, missives they have sent out into the world.  Things that make me think and feel and question.

Here are some of the ones I am enjoying today:

A mild suspension of effort, by Jamie Passaro
In its infancy, by Terry Barr
The ugly side of pretty, by Amanda Rose Adams
Is this a golden age for women essayists? by Cheryl Strayed
This is eleven, by Lindsey Mead, and all the ones to come in the This is Adolescence series

And also, googling about concussions in sports and social media use in children and thoughts on homework loads....of course.

A few of the books I am reading are:

How to Catch a Frog, by Heather Ross
Pigs Can't Swim, by Helen Peppe
Landline, by Rainbow Rowell

Yes, three.  I know, it's all mixed up and wacky up in there this week.
And he would read them in a mixed-together, sandwichy sort of way, which is really rather a sensible way of reading.
Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon

So far, I have done more reading than writing, but I think the process is going on in there, in my mind.  My eyes are on other people's writing, other people's thoughts and hopes and toys, sent out into the air and riding up into the wind.  While my own thoughts swirl around and form within me.

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