the green fields of the mind.

October 15, 2012

deadheads leaves moss moredeadheads Around my sister’s table on Saturday night, we ate an autumnal feast of butternut squash risotto and kale salad made with October’s sweet leaves, and fresh, thick slabs of salmon crunched up with hazelnuts that we call filberts for Curt’s sake.

We traded stories, mostly centered on the impending birth of Cait and Curt’s child. There’s news for you. Come February they’ll be a new baby in the family and we’re all so excited you might imagine the conception had been immaculate and we’re awaiting the second coming of a savior. We sat at the table and listened to this piece, produced by a friend I made one summer in college, and made our own guesses about whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. The guessing is half the fun.

While we waited for pears to roast in the oven, I made boasts about seeing Paul Giamatti twice last week, prompting Curt to read aloud this piece written by Paul’s dad, a college pal of Curt’s own father.

It’s a small world after all.

I’ve never been a real baseball girl, but I’ve caught wind that it’s the season to be paying attention and Bart Giamatti’s essay is the kind of work that could convert any non-believer. If you have a minute over lunch, I hope you’ll give it a read.

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  • Reply Alexa October 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    sounds like a lovely evening with family! and congratulations on your impending aunthood. such a sweet, sweet time.

  • Reply Tamaras Blend October 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Roasted pears? Have to try that out! Lovely photos.

  • Reply Lynette October 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Goodness, my sweetheart will love that essay. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply sara e. October 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Congratulations to Cait, Curt, and your entire family, Auntie Erin!

  • Reply Ann October 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    This is it! This essay encapsulates exactly how I feel about baseball and explains why my heart breaks so at the end of the season. What a beauty.
    This will now be one of my favorite things. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Harri Davison October 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Sounds perfect & with brilliant news!

  • Reply nancy October 16, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Sounds wonderful, really. Congratulations to the baby-making couple! Also, on a different note, I love that photo with the moss.

  • Reply Anonymous October 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I have always been amused to be here….simply an awesome post..

  • Reply Donna from Green Tea Health Benefits October 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    It's really nice to be with your family.Good for you you have them beside you. Treasure them.

  • Reply teeny October 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    such happy, happy news! sending my prayers to all of you!

    the second picture of the leaves? pure genius. literally…jaw dropping.


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