December 24th, 2011

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Southern comfort

Да, один раз я была счастлива.

Я давно определила, что такое счастье, очень давно, — в шесть лет. А когда оно пришло ко мне, я его не сразу узнала. Но вспомнила, какое оно должно быть, и тогда поняла, что я счастлива.


Тэффи "Черный ирис, белая сирень"

"I've always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined that when He came it would be like looking at Baptist window: pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a shine you don't know it's getting dark. And it's been a comfort: to think of that shine taking away all the spooky feeling. But I'll wager it never happens. I'll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself. That things as they are" - her hand circles in a gesture that gathers clouds and kites and grass and Queenie pawing earth over her bone - "just what they've always seen, was seeng Him. As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes.

Truman Capote "A Christmas Memory"

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