Absolutely Fabulous

July 31, 2006

Nothing can bring me down for too long — not even lunatic spinsterhood — given my apartment, an engrossing novel, enchanting music, my bike, sunshine, and a park nearby. Later, under a gentle night sky, I had spread cheese, crackers, and a chilled bottle of white wine out on the balcony and had read from the flickering light of a Turkish candle holder.

A perfect Sunday — altogether a dream.

Throughout the day I was reminded of the most beautiful opening to any book I have read, written by James Salter in “A Sport and a Pastime”:

September. It seems these luminous days will never end.

— Only it is still July, and the glory will continue for at least another month or two. By the time September rolls in, I will have made myself a new, somewhat more solidified self.

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