Sunday, February 5, 2012
Book Passage/A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
Dorothy Edith Gilman (June 25, 1923 – February 2, 2012)
Mrs. Pollifax is speaking to a young woman:
What you need, I think is a little bit of Zen. … tremendously refreshing. There's a great deal to be said for letting things happen.
The young woman asks,
That's it, you see, without control.
The young woman responds,
But - but that's frightening.
Mrs. Pollifax laughed,
On the contrary, it's much less painful than fighting every step of the way, and so much more delightful than trying to arrange life like a table setting, which one can never do anyway. Really, it's quite exciting to see what will happen next.
To which the younger woman asks,
At your age there are still surprises?
Mrs. Pollifax beamed at her forgivingly.
Frequently I can assure you, some pleasant and a few not at all pleasant, but of course one can't have the one without the other. It's impossible.
A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax - 1973