Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Walking into light

I have started walking ( most of the way) to work. Kiss J, stroke Miff's soft fat spotty tummy, set off. Pounding the sun-dappled back streets near Finsbury Park, listening to the birds singing, looking at everyone's front gardens and window boxes for ideas, then through the park where dogs are running, a few stops on the super-fast Victoria line, and then get off again, and walk the last part of the way in from Warren Street, enjoying the smells from the cafes, watching office workers sauntering along, with their croissants and lattes, stopping to buy a bag of fruit for a pound or so from the cheerful man with a stall outside Goodge St. Light flashing off the glass of Centre point, cyclists swearing at taxis, sun in my eyes, and I suddenly notice it. Normality. It's back. The unexpected, longed-for gift I used to take for granted. The absence of fear, the absence of anything but what is here, around me, right now.

The sun in my eyes, the people around me, the day's work ahead, the ground beneath my feet. A blessing.


Blogger Bumble Bee said...

Oh hun, I am so glad to hear the smile in your writing. I am reaching out to give you a huge hug. Long may it last sweetie, keep smiling

July 12, 2006 10:15 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yahoo, Yippee - good for you.
Sounds like you have just turned a corner. What a wonderful feeling to realise the world is still a beautiful place.
Well done Rachel.

Jo. xx

July 12, 2006 10:19 am  
Blogger Clare said...

Walking to work is good and the Victoria line is super fast ... when it''s running!!!

July 12, 2006 7:56 pm  
Blogger parnellpr said...

Woo hoo glad 2 hear it!!!

July 12, 2006 10:35 pm  
Anonymous seth said...

hi rachel,

you sound a MILLION times better- seems that your new commute reduces your tube travel time considerably and your getting much needed exercise to boot.

everything here in ny is ramped up because of what happened in india. its bloody hot with thunderstorms,heavy downpours and VERY vivid lightning, and the humidity is off the charts-it must be 100+ degrees (F) on our subway- yuk.

ciao for now,
seth :)

July 13, 2006 2:31 am  
Blogger Gamba said...

I don't know if there's anywhere nicer than London in the summertime. Long may your new-found pleasure last.

July 13, 2006 8:56 am  
Blogger Holly Finch said...

lovely post honey, long may the light last, I am starting to find it too hxx

July 13, 2006 11:37 am  
Anonymous ringverse said...

Enjoy the day :)

July 13, 2006 2:09 pm  
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July 13, 2006 2:48 pm  
Blogger cha rang rang said...

For the past couple of weeks I have been reading your blog with interest. Yesterday's entry has prompted me to comment because whilst reading it I felt glad for you Rachel, for rediscovering the pleasure of small things, May small, insignificant things continue to light your way.

July 13, 2006 9:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless You, and keep you strong

July 14, 2006 6:26 pm  

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