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Terrible, but not very terrible

I spend less time writing for myself these days and more time chasing a busy baby away from my books and the compost bin and the internet router. I know this stage in our lives is fleeting, though, so I’m doing my best to stay present to it and to remember these wise words:

“Babies eat books. But they spit out wads of them that can be taped back together; and they are only babies for a couple of years, while writers live for decades; and it is terrible, but not very terrible.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World

2 replies on “Terrible, but not very terrible”

At any age, we are ingesting word thoughts in the form of stories, history, poetry, philosophy and lyrics. It seems at many times, I am doing what Maeve is: searching for the appealing word judged by the best learning appetite I can match it with. Then absorbing it or spitting it out. Words have a taste. I am uplifted with reflective, thoughtful, contemplated and writer-edited words. Less scholarly products are literally disgusting. The former almost make me have a baby’s drool!

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