As I write this, I’m reclining in a reading nook tucked inside a quaint cottage in Palo Alto. I’ve traveled here for the weekend as a quick reprieve from SF 40 mins north.
Due to COVID, the owner of the cottage has declined to meet, yet I see traces of her life everywhere. They’re whispering to me through the trinkets that decorate her shelves: a smooth wooden horse, a cracked porcelain vase, and brass candles that have illuminated many quiet solitary evenings.
I see her curiosities creased into the spines of yellowed books that line the walls: Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit.. the layers of shelves engulf my physical body and imagination. I wonder about the spurs of pain, joy, creativity, and peace that were once experienced within these walls.
It occurs to me that i’m seeking solace in a place where solace has been sought many times over. This feeling must be analogous to that of libraries, concerts and temples. Places where one moves from the self to a collective consciousness. The desire to understand ones own life through the lens of others. We only understand what it means to be human, through other humans.
The spirit of dead and alive authors pulsate invisibly around me. The thought of being lovingly watched over by these book elders releases waves of warm shivers down my spine.
And though I am alone, I am far from feeling alone.
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