Friday, September 22, 2006

Hermit in the Moon Shell

"Moon shell, who named you? Some intuitive woman I like to think...You will sit there and fasten your single eye upon me. You will make me think, with your smooth circles winding inward to the tiny core, of the island I lived on for a few weeks. You will say to me 'solitude.'"

-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea


Anonymous said...

"Gradually, one keeps just the perfect specimen, not necessarily a rare shell, but a perfect one of its kind. One sets it apart by itself, ringed around by space - like the island."

Barrier Island Girl said...

Ahhhh...someone else who loves Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea. It's one of my favorite books (in case you couldn't tell). I've got two copies, highlighted and cherished. I've bought even more copies and given them as gifts.

The final chapter (of the 1955 edition), "The Beach at my Back", seems even more relevant today than in 1955: "Perhaps we never appreciate the here and now until it is challenged, as it is beginning to be today even in America."

For those who have never read this beautiful book, I highly recommend it.