Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My life on the Mississippi

"It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable."

When I get stuck I think of something my father said many years ago, which was that I should try to write a book like Life on the Mississippi. He never explained exactly what he meant by this, and it is far too late to ask him, but I knew he loved Mark Twain's book, with its quantity of short chapters, its tall tales, and its meandering journey down a river that was also a metaphor for life.

There may or may not be a book in me. But on good days, I like to think I am creating my own life on the Mississippi, little by little. I'm making my way downriver, skirting the sandbars, observing the bustling life on shore, and pausing to stick a toe in here and there, as my boat drifts ever further on the muddied currents.

4 comments:

smartz said...

Thanks for letting us tag along on thst journey.

Querulous Squirrel said...

There is no reason why this blog shouldn't be the book in you.

Pete said...

Happy birthday, Tai!

Tai said...

Thanks, Pete. And I'd like to get on record for wishing you a happy birthday too.

Squirrel, it's possible. If only it were so simple.

Smartz, anytime! Thanks for tagging along.