Ah, sudden unemployment. It's such a strange feeling...an enormous weight and worry, coupled with a sense of time and opportunity. All the things I won't be able to do (grow professionally, feed my 40lk, travel, eat), all the things that I will be able to do (read, walk, bake bread, make better meals, read, care for my parents, read).
There's comfort food, and there's comfort reading. For the past few days, comfort reading has come first. I set aside one book (Muriel Barbery's Gourmet Rhapsody, though I loved the sequel, which came first) for another (Cranford) and sank into something charming, and romantic (Elizabeth Bard's Lunch in Paris). And then there's walking...the first thing I promised myself I would do more of. I have a biography of Julia Child on my Ipod, and we're just coming to her famous first lunch in France (a story she told differently at different times, apparently!) When you need to remind yourself that you're good at what you do, she's perfect company.
...when I went into the library ... and looked around at the familiar bookshelves, and could hear no sounds but sounds of peace, and knew that here I might dream or idle exactly as I chose ... how grateful I felt to the kindly Fate that brought me here ... — from Elizabeth and her German garden, by Elizabeth von Arnim
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