the world and words of a writer

gretchen is a writer floating between australia and manhattan

favorite people… cartwheels… words… food…

Certain things repair everything.

I was conversing with a favorite person the other day about my recent gloomy days. I told her I’d been writing a lot and she asked, “Are you enjoying it?”

My immediate reply: “No.”

This bothered me for some time after. Like when you eat something sweet and can’t get to a toothbrush quick enough. I made me feel temporarily rotten.

I love writing. It’s why I have this page. It’s who I am as a person. There should never be a time when I’m not enjoying it.

I realized I need to lighten up. So I brought my laptop to the park today, rolled around in the grass, had a wonderful time writing a few thousand words, and then did circles of cartwheels with another one of my favorites.

I came back home and cooked. A big focus of my present house-hunting project is a place with a kitchen. I grew up in a family with food as a major focus. My mother had her husband and all five daughters sitting down to the table to eat together every day when I grew up. You don’t realize how these things impact you until you age. I find a lot of comfort in food now. Not necessarily eating, but cooking relaxes me… the scent of sauce on the stove or herbs being chopped brings me unique comfort.

So tonight with a pair of favorites in tow I made a Mexican feast – tortillas from scratch, vegetarian fajitas, homemade guacamole and salsa.

Life feels much less serious than a few days back. I started reading a new book.

My memoir is shaping up something serious…

2 Comments

  1. Hey Gretch. You know the way every trough in life needs an anthem? I was listening to music today as I walked in the hills and I have two suggestions for you, Irish lads you probably never heard of:
    Duke Special – ‘Sweet Kisses’ and then
    Ryan Sheridan – ‘Jigsaw’ who upbeats his way through a song about getting lost to find ones way. You tube if you get a chance. Or maybe you have your anthem already:)

    • Namaste Cathal. Thank you for starting my day off perfectly. Alas I’ve hit Monday already down under and on my way to work to write media releases about retirement funds and proofread corporate reports – however organic coffee and the soundtrack you send has already beautified my morning :-D!! Other then ‘when you’re strange’ by the doors, I haven’t had any other anthems… tee hee!! I like your suggestions best!! x

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