Friday, August 17, 2007

Becoming Night


Today I have been by myself, except for the dog. The husband took the children away and will stay away all night, and all day tomorrow. He does this for me when it is time for me to be alone.

So I have been quiet today, not moving too much, not thinking too much. I looked out the window for a long time. I took the dog for a walk. I baked a cookie when I was hungry. I made tea.

And tonight, as the sky began to darken, I decided to let the night come. Instead of turning on lights, I have just let the darkness fall inside and out. I have a candle beside me, the computer monitor glows...but everything else has become dark. Shade by shade.

I like the idea of living that way every day. Opening my eyes when the morning comes, closing them when the sun goes down. And in between, when the heat makes the air thick and wet -- slowing and stopping, until the evening breeze blows it away.

I wonder how long it would take for my body to adjust. Most likely quicker than my mind. Even now I am writing because of an artificial assistant. Could I live with the quiet instead of trying to mute it with noise...and accept the gift of darkness instead of hiding it with light?

I wonder if I lived this way, how different I would be.

5 comments:

Momma played Bass.... said...

That would be great in the winter - I would only have to be awake a few hours a day!

Crydo said...

You made "a" cookie? I know when Mary makes "a" cookie it's the size of a pizza pan.
So...
If you lived like this, what would you be like?
Bigger.

Kulio said...

hahaha.

No I made a tiny cookie and it looked very lonely in the middle of that big cookie sheet. But I felt very luxurious :-)

anearlgirl said...

Your writing style is honest and vivid. Your perspective is refreshing and interesting to read. Glad I stumbled onto your blog.

Kulio said...

Wow, thank you!