Sunday, May 6, 2012

Bridge of Sighs

It is hot in the afternoons here now. I have been spending several afternoons just sitting in my casita reading. It is even too hot to sit in my yard. I am reading Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo.  The book is about families and family secrets and what we want to be real vs. what is real. I came across this passage that I think is very thought provoking:

The line of gray along the horizon is brighter now, and with the coming of light I feel a certainty: that there is, despite our wild imaginings, only one life. The ghostly others, no matter how real they seem, no matter how badly we need them, are phantoms. The one life we're left with is sufficient to fill and refill our imperfect hearts with joy, and then to shatter them. And it never, ever lets up.

Blame love.

Page 563, last paragraph

(This doesn't fit into my quantum physics parallel lives theory but it is probably more realistic.)


  1. Interesting and thought-provoking post, Patricia. To tell the truth, I mostly just think about how I will get through each day-thank you for making me think more!
    Karen in VA

    1. Hi Karen, Your comment made me laugh. Thanks. I guess I have too much free time on my hands.... P

    2. Interesting but most days I do not know what day it is here on earth. :)

    3. Hi Peggy, I understand that. Sometimes I don't even know what month it is and even a couple of times I forgot the year. Since the beginning of the year, I have probably written 2012 no more than three times. That is how far out of touch I am. Thanks for writing. P