Friday, April 19, 2013

most perfect refreshment

"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green hills is the most perfect refreshment."

- Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist

All of the trees in the Tennessee Valley seem to have unfurled their new leaves at the same time; the lovely fresh yellow-green of spring is everywhere you happen to look or sit.

Indeed, the most perfect refreshment for my tired winter-gray eyes, which brings to mind another woman of literature. Like the Baby Suggs character in Toni Morrison's novel Beloved, my eyes were hunger for color. The past two days, I've been drinking so much of it, I'm now drunk with color. 

Oh, the bliss.