The psychiatrist, who treated Nancy in her final year, asked me:
“How did you ever survive?”
(Well, that is what this book is about, isn’t it?)
“All art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end.”
—Rainer Maria Rilke
My mother’s wedding night was a threesome: My mother, father, and Joe, an Episcopal priest, who was my father’s favorite lover. They were in Fairhope, Alabama, an artsy town on the Gulf.
No family members attended.
It was 1949.
My mother told me this when I was twelve years old. We were having dinner at Britling’s, the local cafeteria, in Memphis. I really liked their shredded carrots with raisins.
For French author Madame de Girardin:
“To love one who loves you, to admire one who admires you, in a word, to be the idol of one’s idol, is exceeding the limit of human joy; it is stealing fire from heaven.”
That perfectly describes what I am looking for!
The search continues…
4 thoughts on “Excerpt 13: Default to Goodness”
this is a wonderful ambition!
I do believe it exists…but exceptionally rare…
It happens, not infrequently, but fleetingly…
in my case, both infrequent and fleeting:)
as Mae West said: A good man is hard to find.
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