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it occurs to me there are days when a person can do everything right.

rise from bed at a reasonable hour.

eat a reasonable breakfast from the beloved blue-flowered bowl.

have a book for the train ride.

go to work.

go to the gym: move the body; refresh the blood.

meet a friend.

meet another.

take in a scoop of mint ice cream. on a sugar cone.

take in a sweedish film on spur-of-the-moment-last-minute impulse.

enjoy all of the above.

and yet.

sadness persists.

but it is just one day.

a passing thing.

and so one must go to bed.

and pray that tomorrow will be better.

recognize that it might not be.

but hope that sadness doesn't begin to string the days together.

because it's that damn stringing that's worrisome.


ALFIE said...

we are all entitled to a day of sadness. a feeling we can't shake.

but should the sadness slip from day to day-- remember that it is only a state of mind.

tomorrow is new. if we allow it to be.

and because i know that is sometimes something easier said than done, i am sending you all the happiness in the world. enough to last for many strings of days :)

Sal said...

i know the feeling meg. Sometimes the sadness just comes out of nowhere, or from a thought which I have buried deep inside but manages to seep through and it makes me weep if only for a minute and then I am okay.

does that make sense? sorry my english isn't that great :)

have a nice day!

ps: i love your blog....like a lot. :)

Cas said...

"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured." - Vonnegut

Here's to today.


Shannon said...

Fo sho. Im hating that string.

christine said...

I so get this post.

Melancholy seems to seap in some days. But then without the sadness, the joy isn't as sweet.

Onward and upward.

Fairfield said...


The Childlike empress said...

you always put my thoughts down so nicely!! i read your posts and think, i feel that way too, how can she know...i guess its just nice to know that i'm not the only one

Lola said...

I have those days too, and they're a bit scary when you think - how can I fix this when I don't know what "this" is? But they always pass. I recommend to continue adding ice cream - it always eventually helps.

Julie said...

I agree. Damn stringing.

Heather said...

I'm really glad that you write about real things. Sometimes I read blogs and everyone writes about their perfect family and life, and I sit there thinking "so am I the only one who has bad days and is sometimes sad?" So thanks for keeping it real :) And chin up, you can't know the sweet without the bitter. 'this too shall pass'

bsmithhill said...

love this blog, for real. here's to hoping the stringing doesn't take hold. and to knowing exactly what you mean by that.

Anonymous said...

i know the feeling. I have days like this, but then like, for example, i'll think about the death of my father (in september) and it'll ruin all the good!

Kristen said...

i know this. i love this because i know this.



keep calm and eat a cupcake said...

I thoroughly love reading your posts b/c you put into words feelings and thoughts I have myself. You describe them so perfectly and precisely and I thank you for that. And wish you the best, most pure happiness.

Kristen said...

I don't often feel inclined to write on blogs...in fact, I never do. I have my own and write on it, really just for my own benefit. But I felt moved to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog, and how often I feel I can relate to you...thanks for writing. You're very gifted, and I- personally- am very glad that you share your gift with all of us!

Serendipity in the City said...

I adore you Meg. Really. This perfectly sums up how I've been feeling lately... well, for the past year, on and off. Thank you for so eloquently putting it into words.

Britanny said...

thank you for this post, i just came across your blog today, and just know that others (being myself:)) have felt like this, and it does pass..."this too shall pass"...we just gotta keep facing every new day with the best we got...there'll be sad days but joyful days WILL come and eclipse them :)