The Roundness of Things

29 05 2012

Hazel likes round.

She likes her neon blowfish.  She likes the tennis ball.  Lids.  Of all the blocks on her wooden train, she grabs the cylinders that form the engine, every time.

In pondering her preference for round, I got the phrase “the roundness of things” stuck in my head.

Tonight, I finally tracked it down to a quote from Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much is True that I jotted down maybe ten years ago:

I am not a smart man, particularly, but one day, at long last, I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family’s, and my country’s past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things.  This much, at least, I’ve figured out.  I know this much is true.

Oh, my sweet baby girl.

You’re way ahead of the rest of us.

 

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