Monday, May 12, 2008

greatly challenging

i've been lost lately in The Pillow Book, a diary that has survived, remarkably, for a thousand years. jo recommended it to me ten years ago and i've finally gotten around to reading it. it was written by Sei Shonagon, a gentlewoman in who served in a Japanese court during the Heian period, and the book is filled with a hodge-podge of her insights, anecdotes and observations, which are marvelous and at times laugh-out-loud hilarious. i love her 150+ lists throughout the book, which remind me that human nature really has not changed much in the last millennium. some of my favorites are:

occasions that induce half-heartedness
things that look ordinary but become extraordinary when written
occasions when something inconsequential has its day
things whose outcome you long to know
things that make the heart lurch with anxiety
things that can't be compared

so, in the spirit of the pillow book, i've come up with one of my own topics. i think (most) parents will relate and can probably think of a lot more than i've written here. i have plenty more. just ran out of room.

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