A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Steve Edwards lives in Littleton, Massachusetts, and is the author of the memoir Breaking into the Backcountry, a story of wild solitude in Oregon. He tweets pictures of clouds and the funny things his kid says: @The_Big_Quiet.
It’s like arriving at your destination after a long drive, only to realize your mind has been elsewhere the entire time and you have no memory of the lights you stopped at, the turns you made, the glide in and out of traffic. Morning arrives again, and I stand in the kitchen, startled to exist.
When you have been through something terrible, and you know deep down the outcome could have been otherwise, you develop a strange gratitude for everyday life. The smallest acts of generosity can make you cry.