Monday, August 01, 2005

"We have both, throughout the forty years of our marriage, continued to respond with excitement to the same beauty-for instance, to certain pieces of music. I remember driving up to Crosswicks one early spring day when we heard, over the car radio, the beautfiul flute solo from Gluck's Orfeo and our response of delight was such that it has always been special music for us. On a cold and dank day we walked along a beach in southern Portugal, arm in arm, gazing with awe at the great eyes painted on the prows of the fishermen's boats. One night we stood by the railing of a freighter and were dazzled by the glory of the Southern Cross against the blackness of an unpolluted sky. If this kind of simultaneous recognition of wonder diminishes, it is a sign of trouble. Thank God it has been a constant for us."

---Madeleine L'Engle from Two Part Invention, a memoir about her long marriage

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