fall in love with my surroundings without being yanked back to the gravity of my
predicament. I'm a practical escapist, and every movement of my mind, each
digression from dream to reality and back again, is a faithful expression of my
character.--from I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
Today, as the "day of love" closes, I am renewing an old commitment to fall in love with my surroundings. To drink up the dryness that is this desert around me, to let the heat come and love the storms and sunsets. To float out of the gravity of my predicament: housewife, dreamer, mother, and let my mind move to, then rest upon, the silver edges of my reality: giggles, embraces, healthful bodies limbs so many smiles, knowing glances, wind blown hair and sheet stories in evening. Today I am falling in love with my surroundings: the place and the people that fill the hours of my day.