“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.”
~ Mary Oliver, from Wild Geese
You don’t have to be good.
Love what you love.
For Elyse, a visit home consists of eight siblings (4 brothers, 4 sisters), two deaf moms, two dogs, and…